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We time-traveled to witness Jimbo Fisher’s national title at Texas A&M

Not really. This is a joke.
Jimbo Fisher gets to lift this trophy in 2023, according to our fictional account. [ MONICA HERNDON   |   Times ]
Jimbo Fisher gets to lift this trophy in 2023, according to our fictional account. [ MONICA HERNDON | Times ]
Published Mar. 1, 2018
Updated Mar. 1, 2018

Note: This is satire. We didn't really hop in our DeLorean and travel to January 2024, although that'd be pretty awesome. 

HOUSTON – A prophecy that began with an undated plaque in 2018 finally came true for Jimbo Fisher's Aggies.

Texas A&M toppled mighty Alabama at NRG Stadium to win the 2023 national championship.

"Daggum, I'm so excited," Fisher said as he claimed his second title — 10 years after his first (at Florida State).

Fisher also felt relief after years of built-up pressure from one often-mocked gesture.

A&M chancellor John Sharp famously awarded Fisher an undated national championship plaque in February 2018, before Fisher had even coached a game for the Aggies.

The payoff finally came tonight, after Fisher's Aggies survived the sport's inaugural eight-team playoff.

First Fisher conquered one of the nation's up-and-coming programs (Big 12 champion UCF) and top new coach (former Mets star Tim Tebow). That 35-27 defeat didn't stop the Knights from claiming their seventh consecutive national title.

Then Fisher took down college football royalty: Notre Dame. He outwitted the Fighting Irish and spoiled the perfect season of its rising coaching star, Charlie Weis Jr.

Then came the biggest test of all: the Crimson Tide.

Fisher's Aggies lost to 'Bama in the regular season and needed Mark Richt's Hurricanes to upset his old Seminoles in the ACC title game to earn an at-large spot in the playoff. But Fisher came prepared in Houston, calling a pivotal fake punt late in the second quarter to steal momentum.

"What a gutsy call," 'Bama coach Lane Kiffin said as he watched the team bus pull away from the stadium.

A&M sealed the win with a 35-yard field goal – initially ruled wide right but overturned thanks to the goalpost's laser sensors.

"Knew they'd come in handy," Fisher said.

Just like the undated plaque Fisher received in 2018. At first, it was a college football punchline – like the Civil ConFLiCT or Butch Jones' championship of life.

But not now. Not after Fisher finally brought a championship to College Station.

No one's laughing now.