Nick Saban remains opposed to College Football Playoff expansion
As long as there is a College Football Playoff, one can expect there to be talk of expanding the field.
With the Big Ten being left out of the final four for a second season in a row, there is again talk of expanding the field to eight teams. Nick Saban, however, remains against expansion, worrying what it might do to the other bowl games.
“I think the playoff … continues to expand to minimize the importance of those games, maybe to the point where those game won’t even exist,” Saban said, per ESPN. “I’m not sure that is the best thing, overall, for college football.”
“I’m not really for going eight teams in a playoff,” he added. “It’s a hypothetical question, that I have enough issues and problems to solve without thinking about something that may or may not happen.”
ESPN’s Alex Scarborough notes that Saban reminded reporters he was against expanding the championship from two to four teams. Alabama, of course, benefitted from the four-team model last season. UA earned the No. 4 seed after falling in its regular-season finale. The Crimson Tide went on to win two games to claim the 2017 national championship.