Published on: December 4, 2022, 12:56 p.m.
Last updated: December 4, 2022, 12:56 p.m.
The College Football Playoff field is now set. On New Year’s Eve, Michigan will play TCU in the Fiesta Bowl and Georgia will face Ohio State in the Peach Bowl for a chance to play for the national title.
The pairings were officially announced early Sunday afternoon. There was some talk over the last day whether No. 3 TCU would remain in the mix or drop down a spot after losing 31-28 in overtime to Kansas State in the Big 12 Championship, but ultimately the 13-member selection committee decided to keep the Horned Frogs where they were.
Many pundits considered Ohio State a lock to make the playoffs after Southern Cal lost the Pac-12 title game to Utah on Friday night.
While many believe Ohio State is a better team than TCU, CFP Selection Committee Chairman Boo Corrigan said on ESPN on Sunday that TCU’s “task force” led to the Horned Frogs receiving the higher seed vs. by the Buckeyes. He also dismissed implications that the committee wanted to avoid a semifinal rematch between Big Ten powers Ohio State and Michigan, which beat the Buckeyes 45-23 on Nov. 26 in Columbus.
Our goal was to get the right four, eventually the right 25, as we go through it and make sure we have them in the right order regardless of the games and the conferences and the rest.” said Corrigan, who also serves as NC State’s athletic director.
The New Year’s Eve winners will meet in Los Angeles on January 9 for the College Football Playoff.
FanDuel published odds earlier
While the official pairings weren’t announced until shortly after noon ET on Sunday, FanDuel released spreads hours before the reveal. They listed Michigan as a 9.5-point favorite over TCU and Georgia as a 6.5-point favorite over Ohio State.
Both games also had a point total set at 58.5, though that has since increased to 59.5.
A message to FanDuel was not immediately returned Sunday.
While Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State are considered perennial powers in college football, TCU has been a respected program but is not considered on the same level. SportsOddsHistory.com noted that the Horned Frogs were not among the 17 teams BetMGM listed on its preseason futures board to even make the playoffs.
Georgia favored to win the title
Georgia remains the favorite to repeat as national champion, as FanDuel has the Bulldogs listed at -130, meaning a $130 bet would net a $100 profit. Michigan is the second pick at +280, meaning a $100 bet would have a $280 profit. Ohio State is next at +360, while TCU is a heavy underdog at +1600.
FanDuel also has “homecourt” odds against Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State. The field (Michigan, Ohio State and TCU) against Georgia is a near even pick, +102, to win the national title. With Georgia in the field against Michigan and Ohio State, the odds drop sharply to -400 and -600, respectively.