Texas coach Steve Sarkisian knows the world of college football has its eye on the Longhorns when they face number one Alabama on Saturday.
But Sarkisian also warns teams not to get too distracted by all the attention.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Longhorns are a 19-point underdog at Caesars Sportsbook and may finish with the longest odds of a home win since the 1978 FBS/FCS split.
Still, it’s a great time to see how Sarkisian’s progress stacks up with his old boss, Nick Saban.
“It’s one game, isn’t it?” Sarkisian said on Monday. “It’s a chance to do what we want. One of the biggest mistakes people make is [thinking] This becomes the game that defines our program.
“Maybe, maybe not. I’m less concerned about that. I’m more concerned about how we play the game.”
Sarkisian said his goal is to play in the Big 12 Championship.The Crimson Tide will be SEC opponents in the future, but Saturday’s matchup will be a non-conference game for now, and Sarkisian will He said he was focused on what he could control.
“All along, my goal is to be in Dallas on December 3rd,” he said. “This match has nothing to do with it….I really want to play well. The way the players play our style of football, our brand of football and how we know we can do it.” I want to make sure I do it with “it. “
Sarkisian, who spent three seasons as an assistant at the University of Alabama, played Saturday’s game against Saban in 2009 when Sarkisian’s Washington team was then No. 3 USC 16-13.
“It’s a very similar scenario,” Sarkisian said. “I worked under Pete Carroll for seven years and had great respect for what he did and what we did there. I think I agree with the idea of where is needed, from a spiritual point of view.”
Sarkisian knows the mental toughness needed against a dominant Alabama programme, remembering Lane Kiffin took the brunt of it, but also remembering how intense the job at Sabang was. I laughed.
“Lane was doing well. It’s okay to say that,” laughed Sarkisian. “Lane was a good friend of mine. She has a couple I remember vividly. I was in the press box looking down. [wild gestures] progressing.
“I got it too. I think it shaped us. But part of it was [Saban] You probably didn’t live up to the expectations or standards he expected of you. “
Texas will face Alabama for the first time since the 2010 National Championship game after the 2009 season. This would be his first regular-season matchup since 1922, and Texas has always been 7-1-1 against the Tide, and at least he has the best winning percentage (. )is.
Sarkisian said he didn’t know where he was during the 2010 championship game, but repeated frequent restraint from Longhorn fans. did.
“What would have happened if the Colt was in the game?” he said.