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Saban, Smart meet with media ahead of Monday night clash

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
ATLANTA, GA. (WSFA) -

On Monday night Alabama and Georgia will meet in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

Saturday brought the fun with media day at Philips Arena in Atlanta.

The Bulldogs and Crimson Tide would each spend one our with the media and fans were able to sit in the stands and listen in.

Alabama is in search of its fifth national championship in the last nine seasons.

Tide coach Nick Saban will be going for his sixth championship overall.

If he does reach number six, he will tie the legendary Bear Bryant in career national titles won.

But if you ask coach Saban, he is not thinking about that, only Monday night's challenge.

"Look it really doesn't mean anything to me. My number one goal is that, and the thing that I don't sleep well at night thinking about, is how we get our players in the best position to go play their best football game. This game is not really about me. It's about all them and trying to put them in the best position that they can possibly be in to have a chance to be successful," stated Saban.

On the other side it will be Georgia coach Kirby Smart's first trip to a title game as a head coach.

Of course Smart has plenty of experience in championship games on Saban's staff. He was a part of four Crimson Tide championships.

Coach Smart says he has not lost sleep thinking about Alabama, because he can't control what the Tide does.

"Our focus is on us. Our focus and concentration is on being the best us we can be. We have a good football team. We've earned the right to be here. Alabama has a tremendous program. Nick has done a tremendous job with their program which I was very fortunate to be a part of. They have a good team. We are excited for our opportunity," said Smart.

Nick Saban is 11-0 when faces former assistant coaches.

The 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship game kicks off Monday at 7 p.m.

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