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.
In final @USATodaysports regular season coaches poll, only two coaches did not vote Alabama No. 1: Pitt’s Pat Narduzzi & Alabama’s Nick Saban. Both voted Clemson No. 1 & Alabama No. 2— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 2, 2018
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.
A Nick Saban interview making us cry is the most shocking moment from this game.pic.twitter.com/fXVdWJSfya— Sporting News (@sportingnews) December 2, 2018
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.
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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