TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Nick Saban will be celebrating his 66th birthday on Oct. 31. He'll likely be receiving a gift on Tuesday from the College Football Playoff committee, in the form of Alabama being ranked #1 in the first poll of the season.
But Saban could care less about the poll.
On Monday, the coach of the Crimson Tide was asked if he has any thoughts on the first College Football Playoff poll, and he didn't hold back. "I could care less about the poll. What significance does a poll have right now?"
He's more concerned with the team's schedule going forward, "I'm focusing on the next 4 games. I can care less about the poll, you won't see me wasting any time watching tv or watching who's 1, who's 2? And it really doesn't matter. What matters is how you play the rest of the season. How you focus the rest of the season, how you stay focused the rest of the season."
Saban made a similar analogy to one he shared after the Texas A&M win, "If our players think anything of it than that can be a problem and an issue too. These are the things we try to categorize as poison, that you really don't want your players to be focusing on or thinking about."
"I appreciate you asking," Saban added, "so I could get this off my chest."
The first College Football Playoff rankings will be released Tuesday, Oct. 31st.
Ever since Saban arrived on the Capstone, the Alabama vs. LSU game has taken on a life of its own. Granted, in recent years, as in the last six meetings, the Tide has owned the Bayou Bengal tigers, and this Saturday the rivalry is renewed.
"They are the best team and the best challenge we will face to this point in the season," said coach Saban. "LSU has great athletes and are playing with confidence and we will have to play our best to beat them."
Bama comes in with a record of 8-0, while LSU is 6-2, but trails the Tide by just one game in the SEC West division. A win by LSU would put Ed Orgeron's bunch in the driver's seat in the division. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.