“Well, if we lose Saturday, it won’t even matter,” said junior linebacker Monty Rice, who said he didn’t watch the announcement show and wasn’t aware of the new ranking. “It means nothing.”
Said junior defensive back Mark Webb: “That’s great, but we're just looking at who’s next.”
The Bulldogs (8-1, 5-1 SEC) play on the road Saturday at Auburn (7-2, 4-2), which was tabbed No. 12 in the new rankings.
The new rankings likely will be received with some controversy in Tuscaloosa since Alabama fell behind the Bulldogs after its narrow (46-41) loss to LSU at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
LSU was the new No. 1 on Tuesday, followed by undefeated teams Ohio State and Clemson. Alabama and Oregon rounded out the top six.
Auburn defeated Oregon 27-21 in the season opener Aug. 31 in Dallas.
“I mean, we’ve just got to take care of business Saturday and play a good game and execute our game plan,” Rice repeated. “... It’s great, but if you don’t win it don’t matter.”