TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama coach Nick Saban gave in-state rival Auburn the ultimate endorsement during his appearance on ESPN’s College GameDay.
When asked if a one-loss Auburn should play in the BCS national championship game, Saban made a compelling case for the Tigers.
“Well, I really do believe that since Auburn beat us, if they win the SEC Championship Game, they certainly deserve the opportunity to play in the national championship game. That’s what I think,” Saban said. “That’s not to take anything away from anyone else, but that’s just how I feel relative to our circumstance in our league.”
Saban made the trip to Indianapolis for a few segments on the show. He broke down the SEC championship, but didn’t pick a winner.
Saban was also asked if there was anything he’d do differently in the Iron Bowl if given the chance.
“Well I think when you create difficult situations for yourself in circumstances in the game, it makes for really difficult decisions as a coach,” Saban said. “Obviously when those things don’t work, you wish you did something else. But I’m very proud of the way our team competed and improved this year. We didn’t play the way we wanted to in the second half of the game that was a personification of lack of attention to detail and discipline to execute. I think there’s a lot of lessons for our team to learn from that.”