No. 3 Auburn shocked Alabama in last weekend's Iron Bowl with a 34-28 victory on a last-second touchdown, propelling the Tigers, not the Crimson Tide to Atlanta to face Missouri for the conference title. So since Saban doesn't have to coach a football game today, ESPN College GameDay welcomed him as a guest analyst on their set in Indianapolis in anticipation of tonight's Big Ten Championship game between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 9 Michigan State.
Saban was asked about a 1-loss SEC team making it to the national championship game, say over an undefeated Buckeyes team. His answer was met with loud boos.
"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," he said. "That's what I think. That's not to take anything away from anyone else, but that's just how I feel relative to our circumstance in our league."
We'll see. It's highly likely that if both No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Ohio State win their respective games, they will meet in Pasadena.