Mark Edwards: Rewatch gives different view of title game

Enjoy Alabama's CFP title game hero Tua Tagovailoa's delightful ukulele concert

Enjoy Alabama's CFP title game hero Tua Tagovailoa's delightful ukulele concert

It eventually turned out just like the old saying: the teacher might have taught the student all that he knows, but a true master never teaches the student everything there is to learn.

Alabama beat Georgia in overtime, rallying from 13 points down in the second half before winning with a game-ending touchdown pass. As it mastered the dynastic Alabama by xx-xx before a rowdy 77,430, it became Georgia's first national champion since 1980 and the fifth team this century to bolt to the big trophy after losing five times the previous season. In addition, they received 4 first-place votes out of the 61 in the AP poll. Miamis Malik Rosier is also likely to face a challenge from NKosi Perry, who will be a redshirt freshman and Notre Dames Brandon Wimbush will have to reclaim his job after Ian Book led the Fighting Irish to a bowl victory.

Jake Fromm will be back and challenged by Justin Fields. But he understands that championships create "a lifelong legacy that everybody lives with".

Alabama had a chance for an early lead after safety Tony Brown intercepted Fromm on Georgia's third play, but a false start penalty wiped off a 35-yard field goal and Pappanastos missed from 40. An eight-team playoff presumably would draw more broadcast revenue, compensating for the lost date, but the coach wasn't convinced. Here are the stories, unedited and still bearing the Xs that mark journalistic uncertainty, that didn't make that day's newspaper.

Poor, suffering, blew-a-13-point-second-half-lead, Georgia: How close you were to a College Football Playoff National Championship. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel deserve to be recognized as two of the best players in program history, because they are. "That's what we're trying to instill in these young guys to feed into that's what got us here".

After the rewatch, I don't agree.

Following the worst play he'd ever make, in the biggest game he'd ever played, Tagovailoa put his arm around Saban, telling the legendary coach not to worry.

Nick Saban proved yet again that as far as college football is concerned there just isn't anyone any better.

Summoned at halftime, freshman Tua Tagovailoa, the backup to can't-quite-throw-it-well-enough Jalen Hurts, became an instant legend.

It's the stunning finish you'd want in every national championship game. On the next play he found Smith, another freshman, streaking down the sideline and hit him in stride for the national championship. They seem to be high on the fact that Ohio State will have both J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber back in the backfield to help whoever the new starting quarterback is. Hard for me to imagine what it would be like not being a part of a team. Meanwhile, we Alabama fans will continue to watch replays of the National Championship Game from the 2017 season and smile. Offensive linemen such as Andrew Thomas and Ben Cleveland can be a cornerstone of that unit for years to come. It took forever just to get a four-team playoff.

Vedral, who grew up in Wahoo, Neb., tweeted that he is "coming home" and included a Nebraska logo with the hashtag "GBR" (Go Big Red).

I am writing to inform you that [name of crushed fan] is unable to report for [his or her] normal duties today.

But the proof is in the pudding, and Saban has now won six national titles, tying former Alabama coach Bear Bryant's all-time record. While those two received much of the spotlight during the postgame celebrating, they were hardly the only two freshmen to get in on the action.

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