Nick Saban: Expanding College Football Playoff would weaken postseason
Since the College Football Playoff replaced the BCS in the 2014 season, only one coach has taken his team to the final four all four seasons, Alabama’s Nick Saban. So it’s no surprise that Saban likes the CFP the way it is now.
At SEC Media Days, Saban was asked about potential changes to the CFP such as expansion. He warned that any expansion to the CFP would weaken the rest of the postseason.
“I’m not responsible for the system that determines who gets in the playoffs, but I think they did a good job of determining who got in the playoffs,” Saban said. “And we can have another discussion about the future of the playoffs and how many teams should get in the playoffs, but you’re going to minimize the effect of bowl games, which I stood up here ten years ago and said, as soon as we do this, it’s going to diminish bowl games, the importance of bowl games. Everybody would just be interested in the playoffs.”
If fans are no longer interested in the bowl games, Saban sees more seniors and NFL-bound juniors sitting out their final college game.
“Well, that’s where we are right now. I mean, we have players choosing not to play in bowl games because it’s not important because they’re going to save themselves for the draft. All of these things are not good for college football. So there’s a lot of philosophical questions that everybody needs to sort of take into consideration as what the best way to do this whole thing is, and I don’t think I have the answer to that. That’s not what I get paid to do.”
It’s certainly hard to imagine Alabama playing a non-playoff bowl game last year without Calvin Ridley or Minkah Fitzpatrick.