Nick Saban Has Message For People Criticizing Alabama’s Schedule

first_img “I think the culture of college football would benefit if we said Power 5 teams have to play all Power 5 teams. I’ve been an advocate of this for several years,” Saban said on ESPN’s Golic and Wingo show, per 247Sports. “I’ve been an advocate of playing more SEC games. Well, I think you should do it like basketball, they have RPI, or whatever it’s called. And basketball says these are the teams that played the best schedule and won the biggest games. So that’s how you qualify for a bowl game, not how many games you win. So that it would be better for fans, it would be better for fan interest.“So we’ve tried to schedule two opponents — Power Five opponents — every year. We have one time in the next 10 years, we’ve succeeded at doing that. So unless we change the culture of how we all agree to schedule, I don’t think that’s going to happen.”That’s a fair explanation.Alabama has more difficulty scheduling top non-conference opponents than other schools, as prospective teams know a loss is probably coming.All of the Power 5 schedules need to get on the same page when it comes to scheduling, that is for sure. A closeup of Nick Saban wearing a headset.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Alabama head football coach Nick Saban had a strong response to people criticizing the Crimson Tide’s schedule in 2019.The Crimson Tide play a tough SEC schedule, though this year’s non-conference schedule is among the country’s easiest.Alabama gets Duke in a neutral-site game to open the season and also faces New Mexico State, Southern Miss and Western Carolina at home.Saban appeared on ESPN this week and discussed college football scheduling and the criticism of his schedule.last_img