Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin doesn’t want his team to care about its spot in the College Football Playoff rankings, but he’s not going to lie and say it means nothing to anybody surrounding the program.
The Aggies were ranked No. 4 in the first rankings released on Tuesday night, the potential last spot in the playoffs.
“I think it’s great for our fans, I think it’s great for our university to have that kind of recognition,” Sumlin said on Wednesday’s SEC coaches teleconference. “The biggest thing that you take from it is to be relevant in November. That’s where we are, that’s where you want to be as a program.”
Sumlin said his team was on the practice field when the rankings were released, so the players didn’t find out about it until later. While the Aggies coach admitted it is difficult for any player to ignore something such as these rankings completely, he feels his team has done a good job all season of not letting it affect them.
“Whatever happened in that deal didn’t really matter, there’s a lot of football to be played,” Sumlin said. “The most important thing was to win next week and this team has done a really good job of blocking that noise all year, the same noise that said we weren’t going to be any good.”
After beating New Mexico State last week, Texas A&M returns to SEC play this week when it travels to Mississippi State. The Aggies and Bulldogs are set to kick off on Saturday at noon on SEC Network.