There aren’t many states in America that do a better job of producing Blue Chip level football talent like Georgia does every year, with the Peach State producing two CFP championship teams as a result of that pipeline.
While Georgia’s college football teams will be watching Monday’s CFP championship game between Michigan and Washington at home, there’s no denying the connection the state’s had with the four-team event since its inception a decade ago. There have been 75 touchdowns scored in the National Championship since the beginning of the College Football Playoff back in the 2014 season. But which states have produced those scorers?
BetGeorgia.com - your home for Georgia sports betting news and updates - utilized College Football Reference to gather the touchdown scorers and their birthplace to come up with the final list. Note: a player with multiple touchdowns scored was counted each time & quarterback passing touchdowns were not counted.
States With Most CFP National Championship Scorers
Georgia Among Biggest CFP Contributors Over The Years
Of the states that have had at least one player on a CFP-qualifying team, Georgia has managed to produce the second most CFP National Championship game scorers since the event’s inception in 2014, with 11 scores overall. That number puts the state in second by itself, ranking behind Louisiana (12 touchdowns) and ahead of other football stalwarts like Alabama, California, and Florida (seven touchdowns each).
The state’s success on the CFP stage isn’t that much of a surprise given the Georgia Bulldogs’ consecutive titles in 2022 and 2023, though what’s interesting is the split on who those players scored for. Georgia’s CFP touchdown scorers include former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett, and wideouts Ladd McConkey and Mecole Hardman.
Watson threw for three touchdowns and 420 yards in the Tigers’ 35-31 CFP title game win over Alabama in 2017, while Bennett threw for two touchdowns in Georgia’s 33-18 CFP title game win over the Crimson Tide in 2022 and four touchdowns and 304 yards in their 65-7 rout of TCU last year.
McConkey had two touchdown receptions in that 2023 CFP title game, while hauling in five catches for 88 yards in the Bulldogs’ shellacking of the Horned Frogs, while Hardman had a receiving touchdown on two catches for 80 yards in UGA’s 26-23 title game loss to the Crimson Tide in 2018.
All in all, few states have produced CFP caliber players like Georgia has over the years, with the Peach State coming up roses on the sport’s biggest stage over the last decade.
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