The first College Football Playoff rankings of the season will be released on Tuesday night, but don’t expect Nick Saban to be gathering around the television.
Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide appear to be a shoo-in for the inaugural rankings of the year, but he doesn’t have any time to be worrying about where the selection committee thinks his team ranks.
Saban went on a characteristic rant about the polls, saying exactly what you would expect from a man who leads college football’s most dominant powerhouse.
“I [couldn’t] care less about the poll,” Saban said at his weekly press conference. “What significance does a poll have right now? All we’re talking about right here is the challenge of our season and where are we going to be in the poll if we don’t play well in the next four games? So I’m focused on the next four games. I [couldn’t care] less about the poll.
“You won’t see me wasting any time watching TV or watching who is 1 and who is 2. It doesn’t really matter. What really matters is how you play the rest of the season, how you focus the rest of the season, and how you stay focused the rest of the season.“
And that’s the attitude of a winner.
It doesn’t matter where the pundits think your team ranks. What really matters is preparing your team for the upcoming game to ensure you take care of business on the field.
As long as you do that, the rest will sort itself out.
We’ll find out if Saban has a different opinion should his Crimson Tide miss out on the top spot in favor of the Georgia Bulldogs.
The first College Football Playoff rankings of the year will be released at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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