Nick Saban doesn't want to hear national championship talk. He also doesn't want to hear about Texas this week.
Alabama football plays Utah State in the opener after all. Saban wanted to provide that reminder during his radio show Thursday.
"I think the rat poison this year, not to bring up a sore subject, it's worse than ever," Saban said. "I've had more people ask me how we're going to do against Texas this week than how we are going to do against Utah State. I mean, I'm like, 'We don't play Texas this week."
No. 1 Alabama is set to face Utah State at 6:30 p.m. CT on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Then the Crimson Tide will travel to Austin, Texas the following week for a matchup with the Longhorns.
Over the course of discussing rat poison Thursday, Saban also quoted the Bible, reciting Matthew 23:12.
"Then I go to church on Sunday," Saban said, "and the sermon is, 'He who exalts himself will be humbled. He who humbles himself will be exalted.' So it’s almost like, you put rat poison in that same thing, it almost fits perfectly."
The rat poison discussion first started around the third segment, but when Saban was given his chance to say whatever was on his mind before he departed the radio show, he returned to rat poison once again. Saban doesn't want to hear about any future Alabama game has or projections about how the Crimson Tide can run the table.
"We've got to play one game at a time," Saban said. "'How can Alabama lose to this team?' 'How can this team beat Alabama, three months from now?' Who gives a (expletive). How about this game? How about the church of what's happening now? Now. Can we focus on what's happening now? How come no one is interested in now?"
Saban is set to begin his 16th season coaching the Crimson Tide on Saturday.
This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: Nick Saban: Rat poison for Alabama football worse than ever in 2022