Kirby Smart did his best to get ahead of the questions about Nick Saban while acknowledging the topic was inevitable.
It seems the Georgia coach can’t avoid Saban, when championships — and Smart’s big-game legacy — are on the line.
Smart is 0-4 against Saban, his former boss at Alabama. That includes Georgia’s 41-24 loss to Saban’s Crimson Tide in the Southeastern Conference championship game in Atlanta on Dec. 4.
Smart fielded questions about Saban prior to that game before earning a rematch when the Bulldogs beat Michigan 34-11 on Friday night in the College Football Playoff semifinal.
The Georgia coach insisted on Monday the Georgia-Alabama rematch for the national title is not about Smart vs. Saban.
“Each game has been different,” Smart said. “And it will never be about he and I. I know he won’t make it that and I won’t make it…