Nick Saban raises idea of relegation in college football as realignment rolls on
Nick Saban was a guest on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Friday, and was asked about realignment across college football, and what the next step could be.
Patrick asked Saban if the future is 60 teams and an “NFL model” in college football.
“That seems to be where we’re heading,” Saban said, and then was asked if that is good or bad. “I’m not sure, it’s probably going to be good for some people. But it’s not going to be good for all people, because not everybody is going to be able to compete at that level. So we’ll create a separation, like at least probably 50% of the schools that are considered Division I schools now would not be able to compete that way. Now maybe they come up with some kind of way like they do in soccer over in Europe I think. I don’t understand it completely.”
Saban then mentioned having a, “really good team at Wichita State and you can qualify for the playoffs even though you don’t play in that division.”
Earlier in the interview, Saban was asked if the SEC could get too big, numbers-wise.
“I think we’re probably headed in the direction like it or not of mega conferences,” Saban said. “How that all turns out and what’s too big and what’s not big enough is probably a pretty good question to try to figure out, but I’m not sure anybody has the answer to that right now and maybe we have 2 or 3 mega conferences and then that’s where the Playoff teams come from.”