An Alabama win over Arkansas this weekend will set up a Titanic matchup in the SEC Championship game between Georgia and Alabama. Smart is 0-4 against Alabama while at the helm for Georgia but his 2021 squad looks to be the team to break that streak and potentially eliminate the Crimson Tide from playoff contention.
Outside of Alabama's debut at the No. 2 position, the other three programs appearing in the top four of the initial poll all are led by coaches that worked with one another on the 2015 Alabama football team.
Former Alabama strength and conditioning coach and University of Georgia special teams coordinator Scott Cochran has reportedly stepped away from the Bulldog program. Cochran left Alabama for Georgia to take an on-field coaching role in the spring of 2020.
Nick Saban, coming off his seventh total national championship, will join professional golfer Ernie Els for a tee-time at 9 a.m. Also making the drive from Tuscaloosa is Nate Oats, the Crimson Tide basketball coach that just led the team to a “Sweet 16” appearance.