Les Miles on College Football Playoff ranking: “It’s nice to be in the conversation”
LSU was ranked No. 2 in the inaugural 2015 College Football Playoff rankings. Coach Les Miles wasn’t jumping for joy over it.
Miles discussed Wednesday what the ranking meant to his team at this stage in the season, and he said the ranking indicated what his Tigers have achieved so far.
“Certainly it’s reflective of what this team’s achieved to this point,” Miles said. “It’s nice to be in the conversation.”
Being in the conversation is nice, but Miles said it is too early to take much stock in his team’s ranking. He made the comparison to last year’s national champion, Ohio State, which was ranked just outside the top 15 in the first batch of rankings.
“I think we recognize that this is very premature and we enjoy what we’ve earned to this point,” Miles said. “But there’s a lot of very quality teams to play, certainly this weekend’s is one.”
This week’s ranking might not matter at all if the Tigers lose to No. 4 Alabama this weekend in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Miles said LSU’s sole focus will be on the Crimson Tide.
“We’ll kind of focus on Alabama and not necessarily a ranking that is way before.”