Meanwhile, No. 4 Alabama was leading No. 1 Clemson 24-6 with 12 minutes left in Monday night's Sugar Bowl.
It will be Saban's sixth title game in nine seasons as he seeks a fifth crown (one behind Bear Bryant), and Smart looking to end three and a half decades of frustration for Bulldogs faithful, who have waited for a championship since the days of Herschel Walker.
Monday night Clemson and Alabama will meet for the third time in the College Football Playoff, but this time the game will only send the victor to the National Title game. Now, following the Crimson Tide and LSU in the 2012 BCS Championship Game in New Orleans, for the second time in seven years, it's an all-SEC party in the South for the title.More news: LG Announces The World's First 88-inch 8K OLED Display
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Monday's game will kick off at 5 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPN. Alabama has been included in the College Football Playoff every season that it has been in existence.
Alabama surrenders just 11.5 points per game, even after allowing 26 points to Auburn in a loss that prevented them from reaching the SEC Championship Game. The last time the Crimson Tide were an underdog was at Georgia on October 3, 2015, the teams' last meeting.
And again like a year ago, Alabama is dealing with changes to its coaching staff as the team takes on red-hot Clemson. None of their previous opponents had scored more than 23 points, including eight teams that were held to 10 points or fewer. A live stream is available on WatchESPN.