Forget the BCS, Saban says Iron Bowl all that matters now

That was the gist of the message Nick Saban delivered at Monday’s news conference. Players agreed. Read all about it.

TUSCALOOSA — Overshadowing the core meaning of the Iron Bowl isn’t easy.

The unrest atop the BCS standings last weekend was up to the challenge, perhaps, outside the four walls of the Alabama football complex.

Not so inside, though.

Saturday’s Iron Bowl means much more than a potential direct ticket to New Orleans for the BCS National Championship Game. The numbers 28-27 have a lot to do with that — the score of Alabama’s loss to Auburn last year.

“We really don’t have any interest in anybody playing in the Pac-12 or Pac-10 or whatever it is, the Big 12,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “None of those games matter. None of anything matters except how we play in this game. That’s all that matters.”

That includes the SEC West showdown between No. 1 LSU and No. 3 Arkansas on Friday, which could determine who plays in the league title game. The Tide’s visit to Jordan-Hare Stadium is all Saban wants anyone thinking about.

Click here to read Saban’s view on that and much more.


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