Nick Saban Gets Brutally Honest About Alabama And Clemson
Nick Saban gets brutally honest about Alabama and Clemson in a recent interview.
While speaking to reporters, the Crimson Tide head coach was asked for his thoughts on his team jumping the Tigers in both college football polls.
Heading into last weekend, Alabama sat at No. 2 and Clemson was No. 1.
Following a nail biter Clemson victory over North Carolina and a dominant Alabama victory over Mississippi, the two schools swapped positions in the rankings.
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) October 1, 2019
According to Saban, though, that doesn’t really matter. He believes the rankings are currently irrelevant.
“I don’t think it really matters at all where you’re ranked or rated right now,” he said to the media on Wednesday.
“It only matters when it’s in January.
“When the season’s over, that’s all that matters. It can slip away very quickly.
“As it did last week, it wasn’t even because the team (Clemson) didn’t win. It must’ve been somebody’s perception of how they played,” Saban continued.
“So it’s not even about winning, it’s about how you played.”
For now, Saban just wants his players to ignore the noise and focus on what matters.
“Every player creates value by being his best every time he gets the opportunity,” he continued.
“The scoreboard shouldn’t matter. Who you’re playing shouldn’t matter.
“And where you’re ranked shouldn’t matter. And what somebody says on the internet shouldn’t matter.
“You should be playing because you want to get the self-satisfaction to know you did the best to be the best that you can be.
“Hopefully, that’s what we can get our players to focus on.”
Alabama is off this coming weekend, but will return to action on Oct. 12 in a road game versus No. 25 ranked Texas A&M.
Clemson is also off this weekend, and will face off against Florida State on Oct. 12 at home.