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Georgia celebrates title at stadium, Smart plans repeat

Georgia coach Kirby Smart told a near-capacity crowd at Sanford Stadium on Saturday the Bulldogs don’t plan to wait another 41 years for their next national championship.

“It’s moments and events like this that allow us to look back and allow us to look forward,” Smart said. “… We’re burning the boats, baby, and we’re coming back! Go Dogs!”

The celebration, attended by Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, followed a parade to . . .

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The Latest: Alabama receiver Williams injured in title game

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the College Football Playoff championship game (all times local): 9:18 p.m. Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams went down with an apparent left knee injury.

The Crimson Tide All-American clutched his left knee lying on the ground after a 40-yard catch in the second quarter against Georgia. Williams was helped off the field, putting minimal weight on his left leg. He walked toward . . .

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NDSU wins 9th FCS title in 11 years 38-10 over Montana State

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — North Dakota State began practice more than a year ago for an unprecedented spring season that ended without a championship. Things felt much more normal for the Bison this time.

Hunter Luepke ran for three touchdowns in the first half, plowing over a defender going into the end zone on the first one, and North Dakota State . . .

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Column: State on edge as Bulldogs try to end 41-year drought

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The picture making the rounds on social media sums up the anxiety of an entire state. “For The Love of God Beat Bama,” a roadside sign pleads. “Go Dawgs.”

It’s been 41 long years since Georgia won its only consensus national championship, a couple of weeks before Ronald Reagan was sworn into his first term as president.

Since then, five other Southeastern Conference teams have won it all, a hefty haul of 15 championships in total, while the Bulldogs and . . .

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Two roads: Young, Bennett take different paths to CFP stage

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Alabama’s Bryce Young and Georgia’s Stetson Bennett both transferred in 2018. One got a lot more attention than the other.

Already a celebrated quarterback prospect heading into his junior year of high school, Young made headlines in Southern California when he decided to attend powerhouse Mater Dei. There he would replace five-star recruit J.T. Daniels, who . . .

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Alabama, Georgia receive warm welcome in frigid Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Coach Nick Saban walked off Alabama’s team plane Friday night to a cold, harsh reality. When he returns to the airport for the final time this season, the Crimson Tide will either be celebrating another national championship or heading home disappointed.

Saban’s top-ranked team received a warm welcome in frigid Indianapolis, arriving shortly after dusk Friday with streaks of orange and red and a bright crescent moon coloring the sky. Players scurried from the plane to buses with . . .

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