Let's take a closer look at each contest. Add in the wrinkle that Saban is 11-0 vs. his former assistants, winning every time by 14 or more points, and it's incredibly juicy. The 22-year-old was held out of bowl activities late last week because of cold and "flu-like" symptoms, and now he'll be facing the best defense he's seen all year a month after his last game.
Just lovely. Payne's touchdown increased the Tide's lead to 17-6. The day of the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl is here, and it's also the College Football Playoff Semifinal.
Maybe perhaps there is even more hype going into Monday night's game with the stakes being, victor goes on to play for the National Championship.
If Alabama and Georgia met for the SEC crown, a second loss would have made the loser a hard pick for the playoff.
Monday's game will kick off at 5 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPN.
Watson was perhaps college football's best player in the last two seasons.
The Crimson Tide imposed its will during the Sugar Bowl matchup against ACC foe Clemson.
Alabama has been favored in 110 of its previous 111 games. The Crimson Tide ranks third in rushing defense, the Tigers 12th.
Subsequent camera angles showed a blatant offensive pass interference penalty committed by Alabama that went uncalled. A live stream is available on WatchESPN.