Watch a lightsaber battle between Mark Dantonio and Nick Saban


Michigan State and Alabama are facing off in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Eve.

And while it's not the fate of the galaxy, a trip to the College Football Playoff national championship game does provide some pretty high stakes.

So leave it to the Internet to churn out a mashup of college football and one of the highest-stakes movie moments of all-time.

Yes, one industrious YouTuber (Dan Stephens) has created a version of the lightsaber duel from Return of the Jedi featuring Mark Dantonio and Nick Saban.

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Take a look:

It's fitting in many ways. Dantonio, in the role of Luke Skywalker, wields a green lightsaber, while Saban, in the role of Darth Vader, uses a red lightsaber. So the clip is accurate to the teams' colors.

Plus, Saban used to be the head coach at Michigan State, with Dantonio as one of his assistants. So if you're looking at it from the Michigan State perspective, Dantonio has assumed the role of savior of the galaxy, a role Saban held before he, um, turned to the dark side, otherwise known as the SEC.

Oh, and a cameo appearance by Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh as the Emperor is quite amusing, as well.

This December has already brought us a mighty entertaining Star Wars movie. Let's hope it brings us a mighty entertaining College Football Playoff, too.

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