Georgia’s losing streak to Alabama didn’t begin with its gut-wrenching loss in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game 4 years ago. Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide have won the last 7 meetings between the 2 programs dating back to 2008, his 2nd season in Tuscaloosa.

But events of recent years have seen the tension between Saban and Kirby Smart’s programs build. Of course, Smart lost to his former boss twice in the span of 365 days, first in the 2018 CFP national championship in overtime and later in the 2018 SEC Championship. The Tide have gotten the better of the Bulldogs in the 2020 regular season and the 2021 SEC Championship Game since then.

Smart and the Dawgs, though, will get yet another crack at the Tide on Monday in Indianapolis with a national championship on the line. During a Thursday appearance on WJOX radio in Birmingham, SEC Network play-by-play announcer Taylor Zarzour used a baseball analogy to describe how Bulldogs fans would feel if their team were to lose to Alabama for an 8th straight time and for a 2nd time in a national championship game.

“I think that it’d be very similar, probably, to the way Red Sox fans felt after that crippling loss in 2003,” Zarzour, a self-described “die-hard Boston Red Sox fan” said. “The difference here is that I just don’t know what anyone would believe that all of a sudden, Georgia’s going to become the dominant force in college football if they don’t win on Monday night, because Alabama, by my judgment, is going to have a better team in 2022. And as long as Nick Saban wants to coach this football team, there aren’t going to be many examples of restocking the cupboard like he had to do this year…

”If you can’t get Alabama now, when are you going to get them?”