Saban: 'I've got a little sex appeal' for both teams in Big Ten Championship Game
INDIANAPOLIS — Former MSU and current Alabama head coach Nick Saban was talking about the Big Ten Championship Game on ESPN’s College GameDay this morning. And although he wouldn’t tip his hand as to a prediction for the game, Saban made it clear he believes MSU’s defense is elite.
Having spent time at both MSU and Ohio State, Saban said he has “a little sex appeal” for both of the teams taking the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis this evening (8:17 p.m., FOX).
However, he praised MSU’s “toughness” on the defensive side of the ball.
“One thing I think Mark (Dantonio) does is a great job of promoting toughness on his team, and I think that’s reflected in the great defense they played all season long,” Saban said, according to a story by the Detroit Free Press reporter Joe Rexrode. “I think they have a great opportunity, if they can focus on being who they are … (to) be successful in this game.”
Saban’s Crimson Tide team previously was No. 1-ranked team in the country before being upset by Auburn in the annual Iron Bowl.
Elsewhere on the College GameDay set, World Series of Poker winner and MSU alumnus Ryan Riess was the celebrity guest picker, taking MSU. Meanwhile, ESPN analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit picked the Buckeyes to come away with the victory.