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Alabama may have come back to win a thriller over Georgia in the SEC Championship game, but Nick Saban clearly isn't happy with the way his team performed.


While he may have been very emotional in the postgame interview with Jalen Hurts, once Saban sat down to watch the tape he obviously saw a team that still has some work to do before taking on Oklahoma on December 29. 

Saban not voting his team No. 1 in the final coaches poll is possibly the most Saban thing that he could do. All season there's been a lone voter who's had Clemson as their No. 1 team and it's beginning to look like it was Saban. 

Now there are two different ways to look at this. First, he always thinks the team can get better and doesn't want to vote them No. 1 based on those facts, or he's disappointed in the showing against Georgia and bumped them down to two. It's the easiest way that he can publicly show that he's not satisfied with his team's performances.


The other theory is that he did this to play mind games, trying to make Clemson believe they're better and to get his players to have a chip on their shoulders. If there's anything Nick Saban loves more than winning, it's winning while being an underdog. If no one else is going to consider Alabama an underdog, then Saban will do it himself. 


Whatever the actual reason, Alabama is still ranked No. 1 in the CFP polls and is once again two wins away from a national title. 


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