The lore of Alabama head coach Nick Saban has been well documented, and few know more about his prestigious program than Georgia head coach Kirby Smart.

Smart served as the defensive coordinator at Alabama for seven years, learning under Saban before getting an opportunity to run his own program. Georgia hired Smart away from the Crimson Tide in 2015, and in the following years, both programs came to symbolize continued consistency and dominance.

Saban and Smart have already met on the big stage several times before, most notably in the 2017 national championship game. A heroic touchdown pass from then-freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa capped off an Alabama comeback and gave them the overtime victory.