Alabama coach Nick Saban stands alone in favor of the SEC moving to a nine-game league schedule. Going against the herd isn’t anything new for Saban, and to have success in any facet of life, going against the herd is usually imperative.
Saban said today that if the SEC doesn’t improve its schedules, ‘one of these days fans are going to quit coming to the games’. And he added that, “If we all played good teams it would be easier to quantify who the best teams are.”
And he’s right. Think about it. When your favorite team clubs a baby seal in a non-conference garbage game, what motivation do you have to be there? It’s a better experience sitting at home witnessing the blowout while watching other top games from around the SEC.
Saban is reportedly the only coach in the SEC in favor of moving to a nine-game SEC schedule. All other coaches would like to keep the SEC to eight conference games, and some even want to eliminate permanent cross-divisional games like Les Miles.
On Ohio State and the SEC
Just last Friday, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer speculated that Alabama should have lost three games last season.
“You look at , [Alabama] should have lost three games. Georgia had them beat. LSU, I watched that one, it was over. Obviously they ended up beating them. I thought they’d be really good. I think there are some really good teams in the conference.”
Saban was asked today about Ohio State competing with the top six SEC teams last year in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina and Texas A&M.
“How many would Ohio State have beaten? Would they have won three? I don’t know.”
Saban and Alabama won two of the three games against the top six teams. Missouri played the most top six teams and went 0-5. Florida finished 3-1 against the top six.
On Tim Davis’ ‘the devil himself’ comments
Saban said that both Florida AD Jeremy Foley and Will Muschamp called and apologized for Gator offensive line coach Tim Davis’ comments.
Two weeks ago in an effort to pump up his own coach at Saban’s expense, Davis called Saban ‘the devil himself’.
That didn’t sit too well with Saban, who called the comments terribly disappointing.
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