The College Football Playoff National Championship was a microcosm of the new landscape of college football: Georgia showed up, put on its uniforms and beat its opponent to sleep.
TCU, much like every program in the country with the exception of a handful, didn't belong on the field with UGA. It was outmatched in every facet of the game from the first snap and never really had a chance. That's no knock on what the Horned Frogs were able to do this season, but the Bulldogs have been on another level for the last two years and look like they will be for the foreseeable future.
Kirby Smart has won his second national title in just seven seasons as a head coach — and at 47 years old, he has two titles five years before Nick Saban had his first. He's built a roster that now has four-stars backing up five-stars at every position. Alabama is the only other program we've seen build something like this and Georgia seems like its reign may last even longer than the Tide's has. This machine isn't slowing down anytime soon.
Until last year, the one thing Georgia didn't have was a national championship since the Carter administration. Now it has the last two and could win another handful this decade. As long as the Dawgs are rolling like this, there aren't very many teams in America that can even give them a game.
Welcome to the Kirby Smart era.