Nick Saban Discusses Scheduling at SEC Meetings in Destin [VIDEO]
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As college football moves into the playoff era, scheduling has become one of the most important topics of conversation as each conference establishes its own guidelines. While a lot of criticism has been pointed at the SEC, coaches haven’t had much opportunity to address the 8-game conference schedule until the SEC Meetings this week.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban told the media on Tuesday that he thought it would be best for college football if teams from the five power conferences (SEC, Big XII, Big 10, ACC, Pac 12) played all of their non-conference games against each other.
“I’m really for playing all the games we play in college football within those five conferences,” Saban said. “I think it’s better for the fans. It’s better for the players.”
Saban reiterated that he supports the decisions made for the good of the conference, which is why he is fine with an 8-game schedule rather than the nine games he pushed for. But he also knows that scheduling weaker non-conference opponents – like FCS schools – won’t change under the current bowl structure.
“The biggest hindrance of strength of schedule is that there’s still a lot of teams that are concerned about being bowl eligible so they want to win six games,” Saban said.
“I had that concern when I was the coach at Michigan State. ‘Are we going to go to a bowl game. Are we going to be bowl eligible.’ So let’s make sure we try to schedule so that we can.”
Would you prefer to see the five major conference agree on similar scheduling criteria or continue doing what’s best for each individual conference?