By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis

1. Center of the Football Universe

Welcome to cold, icy Indy, home of the Center of the Football Universe for the next 24 hours as Alabama's Johnny Woodenesque Nick Saban seeks his eighth national title. This is a transformation from our Center of the Basketball Universe when the pandemic created March Madness played out in totality on Hoosier hardwood last year. The Crimson Tide is a 2.5 point favorite over Georgia's Bulldogs in a rematch from December's SEC title game won by the Tide 41-24. The last Bulldogs to play for a national title in Lucas Oil Stadium were the Butler hoops version, which lost to Duke in 2010 when Gordon Hayward's last second heave rimmed out. HPI's take tonight: Alabama 34, Georgia 17.

Being TCOTFU excludes the Indianapolis Colts. Two weeks ago they needed to split final games against Las Vegas and 2-14 Jacksonville to earn an NFL playoff berth. Entering the Jags game the Colts were an 89% post season lock. Following Sunday's mind-numbing 26-11 loss, despondent Colt fans had Jim Mora's infamous "Playoffs? Playoffs?!" meme from 2006 ringing in our ears.

Colts Coach Frank Reich: "The one thing I will say that I said in the locker room is you got to have the maturity to understand that even though there's a finality to this season, you can't just let it be in vain. You can't let it be in vain. You got to learn from it and got to figure out ‘OK, why did we finish the way we did this year?' And then let's not let that happen next year.”

2. Hard Luck Reich

When Coach Reich was hired by the Colts in 2018, he was coming off a Super Bowl win with the Philadelphia Eagles, the QB-whisperer who coaxed backup Nick Foles to Disney World. It was a dream job, with Andrew Luck under center. That Luck would quit on his coach and team just a week before the 2018 season began has put Reich behind the 8-ball. Carson Wentz became his fourth starting QB in four years. Wentz missed a good part of training camp, but didn't buckle during the Colts brutal opening schedule in which they went 1-4. I kind of figured the Colts were really a year away, but hoped they might enter the playoffs on a hot streak. Now it's the proverbial wait 'til next year. Remember, it took Peyton Manning six years to win his first playoff game for the Colts. Wentz's first season stats for the Colts were decent: 3,563 yards, 27 touchdowns, seven picks and a 62.4% completion rate, but he faded during the final two games after the Colts sensational Christmas Night upset of the Arizona Cardinals. Some Colt fans are urging the Colts to fire Reich and trade Wentz, their fantasies hatched on hiring Jim "Cap'n Comeback" Harbaugh and Russell Wilson. Reich: "I think he's our quarterback. I think we're all going to learn and grow from this year. You know, how to utilize every player that we have to the fullest. I think there were a lot of bright moments for Carson." Hmmmmm, there were a lot of "I thinks" in that commentary. Wonder what owner Jim Irsay is thinking this morning?

3. Colts 2022 opponents

Here are the Colts 2022 opponents: Road — Titans, Texans, Jaguars, Cowboys, Broncos, Raiders, Giants, Patriots and Minnesota; Home — Titans, Texans, Jaguars, Chiefs, Chargers, Eagles, Washington and Steelers.

4. Holcomb, Rush addresses this week

Gov. Eric Holcomb gives his State of the State address at 7 p.m. (ET) Tuesday. Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush gives her State of the Judiciary speech at 2:30 p.m. (ET) Wednesday.

5. Pence testimony for Jan. 6 committee

Numerous media outlets are reporting the House Jan. 6 Committee is finding fertile testimony from PenceWorld, with former Chief of Staff Marc Short and others cooperating. Alyssa Farah Griffin, the former press secretary of former veep Mike Pence, told CNN, “I anticipate that he’ll cooperate with the committee in some capacity.”

Have a great week, folks, and thanks for reading. It's The Atomic!