Nick Saban Has Brutally Honest Reaction To Alabama’s No. 1 Ranking

first_img “Every player creates value by being his best every time he gets the opportunity. 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.”Being ranked No. 1 is an honor, but Saban is right, too. It doesn’t really matter where Alabama is ranked in the Coaches’ Poll or AP Poll.The poll that does matter, the College Football Playoff rankings, won’t be out until the end of the month. And, even then, the only rankings that truly matter are the final College Football Playoff rankings in December. A closeup of Nick Saban wearing a headset.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Alabama head coach Nick Saban is known for calling any outside praise or hype “rat poison” for his program. He doesn’t want his players to buy into or be distracted by any outside noise.So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Saban had a brutally honest reaction to the Crimson Tide jumping Clemson for the No. 1 spot in the top 25 polls.Saban, of course, says it doesn’t matter right now.“I don’t think it really matters at all where you’re ranked or rated right now,” Saban told reporters on Wednesday night. “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. So it’s not even about winning, it’s about how you played.last_img read more