Alabama head coach Nick Saban. has been here before.
Almost a year to the day Texas A&M unranked removed then-No. 1 at Alabama in College Station, Texas, Saban reminds everyone of what he said before last year’s matchup against the Aggies.
“I was talking about rat poison last year, we played this game, no one was listening, the players were listening, you guys weren’t listening,” Saban said at his Monday news conference.
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Last season, Alabama entered their game against the Aggies as heavy favorites, following a loss to Texas A&M, and lost on a last-second field goal.
The situation is eerily similar for the Crimson Tide with Texas A&M coming off a loss to Mississippi State in Week 5.
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“They had lost the week before, we were heavy favourites,” Saban continued. “It was like, no big deal, just show up for this game, go play the next game. It doesn’t affect me because I don’t listen to all of them. I really have no interest in what anyone thinks of any of this. I have an interest in how it affects and impacts the players on our team I think so.
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“And I think they have to show maturity in how they handle it and know that outside opinion, outside noise, whatever you want to call it, rat poison, whatever. It absolutely has nothing to do with the outcome of the game.” .
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Saban has been preaching the importance of ignoring odds and headlines all season, warning fans ahead of Alabama’s Week 2 game against Texas that any team can be beaten on any given day in college football.
“Everybody has heard that we are 20-point favorites in this game,” Saban said in his weekly radio announcement before the game in Texas. “And the last time we were 20-point favorites, and we went to Texas, we got kicked.”
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“What you did last week, that’s not going to help you, what you did this week, and every team we play against if they beat us, that’s like the resurrection game,” Saban continued. “I mean it resurrects his whole show.”
Saban’s team is once again the No. 1 team in the nation, surpassing Georgia in the Week 6 AP Top 25 rankings.
Alabama hopes to have reigning Heisman winner Bryce Young under center against Texas A&M, who Saban said is “day to day” after injuring his shoulder in a Week 5 win over Arkansas.