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Nick Saban tells his team to ignore the national media's high praise after only one game

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Fresh off a primetime beat down of Michigan last Saturday, and being anointed the new No. 1 team in America yesterday by the Associated Press, the Alabama Crimson Tide have once again become the center of attention in the college football world.

Soon after the game concluded in Dallas, the national media began their barrage of praise on the Tide, sparking head coach Nick Saban to call a team meeting to remind his players not to buy in to all the hype. 

Of course, Mr. Everything and the leader on Bama's dominant offensive line, Barrett Jones, knows this all too well.

"I think everyone understands our goal wasn't to beat Michigan," Jones said. "It was great. But our goal is to win the national championship.  This was the first step in that journey, but we have a long way to go."

Junior linebacker C.J. Mosely said Saban told them "not to get all hyped up about the first game."

Fellow junior Dee Milliner added ""We won our first game. That's really all this team has done."

True.  But what a win it was.

Here are some links from the national media, post-Michigan destruction:

Forbes.com writer Monte Burke calls Saban the most powerful coach in sports, again.  Click here to read.

Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun compared Alabama to the New England Patriots in the weekly Mountain West coaches teleconference, and he wasn't kidding.  Click here to read.

Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples has the Tide No. 1 in his initial college football power rankings.  Click here to read.

Espn.com blogger Edward Aschoff released his way-too-early SEC bowl projections, with Alabama picked to play in the national championship.  Click here to read.