The last time the Georgia Bulldogs won a national championship, the #1 single in the United States was “Call Me” by Blondie. And this week, the Georgia faithful will call on quarterback Stetson Bennett to have the game of his life and take the Bulldogs to the promised land, a place they haven’t been since 1980.
Stetson Bennett has gone on record saying that it’s not his job to be a savior and win a national championship for the Dawgs, but after years of playing second fiddle to the vaunted Alabama Crimson Tide, the Georgia faithful is hoping he can get the job done. The college football odds have the Bulldogs as an early three-point favorite for the game that will be played on a neutral field.
Here’s everything you need to know to get you prepared for the big game.
2022 CFP National Championship Game
- Date: Monday, January 10
- Time: 8:00 P.M. EST
- Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana
- Participants: Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs
Bennett Lit It Up Last Week
Bennett is coming off one of his best games of the season. Last week in the Orange Bowl against the Michigan Wolverines, he completed 20 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns while adding 32 yards with his legs.
More importantly, he avoided costly turnovers, something he failed to do against Alabama back on December 4. Bennett threw for a season-high 340 yards passing in the SEC Championship but also tossed two interceptions, including a pick-six that put Georgia in a deep hole early in the fourth quarter.
Bennett has averaged 326.5 yards passing to go with six touchdowns and two interceptions in his last two games.
Stetson Bennett Passing Statistics
Bennett has been to the national championship before. In 2017, he was a scout-team redshirt watching from the sidelines as Tua Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide shattered Georgia’s dreams with a 41-yard touchdown in overtime to win 26-23.
In Bennett’s sophomore year, he didn’t play much, attempting just 27 passes. Last season as a junior, he played eight games, throwing 1179 yards and eight touchdown passes.
The Georgia native has made his mark this season as a starter. In 13 games, he has completed 64.5% of his passes while throwing 27 TDs and seven interceptions. Bennett has put up 202.7 yards per game through the air this year, but in his last five games has averaged 244.6, and in his previous three, he’s averaged 302.6.
Will the Bulldogs End Their 41-Year Drought?
Whether Bennett thinks it’s his job to win a championship for the Bulldogs or not, Georgia supporters will count on him to come through with the performance of his life.
The Bulldogs have had 16 top-10 finishes in the AP poll since their last national championship, which is the most in that timeframe among any team that hasn’t won a title. Can Bennett and the Bulldogs end the drought on Monday night?
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