North Melbourne coach Brad Scott is happy people are speaking so highly of the Roos, as long as his players don't buy into the hype.
Wayne Carey already thinks North Melbourne can win the AFL premiership and the Roos might convince a few more people if they can beat Geelong.
North take on the Cats at Kardinia Park on Saturday for the first time since round four of the 2015 season when Brad Scott's side won by 16 points.
Carey outlined the reasons for his bullish outlook on the Roos in a weekly newspaper column on Friday.
Scott thinks it's nice that the premiership skipper thinks so highly of his team and is embracing the hype around the Roos' surprise 7-4 record - but only up to a point.
"As long as the players aren't starting to believe the hype too much and focusing on what we need to do in any given moment," Scott said on Friday.
"But I think it's great for our football club that the possibility is being spoken about."
The battle of the Scott twins is one of the matches of the round, with North and Geelong sixth and fifth on the ladder respectively, each with seven wins.
Jarrad Waite will miss another match after he was a late withdrawal just minutes before last week's big win over Brisbane with a calf injury.
Scott moved to allay fears the injury is worse than initially thought, with a cautious approach taken to allow the 35-year-old to freshen up for the second half of the season.
Jed Anderson didn't recover in time to play after sustaining a hip injury against the Lions and was replaced by Cameron Zurhaar.
The Cats stuck with the same line-up that thumped Gold Coast on the back of a star turn from Gary Ablett against his old side.
The two-time Brownlow Medal winner could have master tagger Ben Jacobs to contend with this week.
Or it could be Patrick Dangerfield or maybe Joel Selwood or someone else altogether.
"There's understandably a lot of focus on Ablett, Selwood and Dangerfield but Mitch Duncan has been in really good form and Tim Kelly has been a revelation," Scott said, playing his cards close to his chest.
"I don't want to take away from Sam Menegola either, so they're a very deep midfield clearly.
"Ben will have a role on one of them and I suspect more than one at different stages of the game."