Nick Saban’s final Coaches’ Poll ballot drew more attention than the longtime head coach might have expected. It also caused some mild controversy.
As it turns out, Saban didn’t put Georgia in his top four, which some thought was curious considering the Bulldogs nearly beat the Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship Game. Saban put Georgia at No. 5, which is exactly where they were in the final College Football Playoff Rankings.
Tonight, Saban explained his reasoning for putting Georgia fifth. It wasn’t meant to be a slight, he simply did it because he figured they would not be in the College Football Playoff with two losses.
Only the top four teams make the CFP. Saban’s assumption was correct.
Nick Saban says that Georgia is one of the top four teams in the country, but he didn't vote them in the top four in the coaches poll because he knew they wouldn't get into the CFP with two losses.
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) December 6, 2018
Now, Saban also didn’t put his own team at No. 1, even though they have been ranked No. 1 all season long. Saban put Clemson in his top spot with the Crimson Tide at No. 2.
Most likely, that was done for motivational reasons. Classic Saban.
As for where he put Georgia, well, it will be a story line the next time these two teams play. In the grand scheme of things though, it isn’t ‘that’ big of a deal.