I re-watched Sugar Bowl and NC. After doing so I think the Sugar Bowl was the real NC game. It was tougher and more physical than I recall it being.
Also watched ESPNs NC Game replay of 'coaches corner' (the one moderated by Spielman) and also 'Off The Ball'. Highly recommend the latter. Commentators were former players representing all positions. Very informative and they recognized that the Buckeyes OL and DL were dominating WAY before I recognized it. Had that been my primary platform on game day then I would have been much less anxious about the outcome. In the 4th Qtr they had some very complimentary things to say about the Buckeyes.
Here's a link to ESPN's 'Off The Ball' replay: