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Saban says Alabama was dumped in Week 2

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If you thought Alabama getting a bye week leading in to the Texas A&M game was strange, you are right. Getting extra time to study up on the SEC West rivals, the same Aggies who handed Alabama their only loss in 2012, was not done by design according to Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Instead, Saban claims Alabama was left hanging on the wrong side of a scheduling break-up.

“We had a game first week, second week, third week,” Saban said on his radio show, according to “Where we’re playing Colorado State was the bye week” Saban said, referring to Alabama’s week three opponent. “The team we’re playing in the second week dumped us, so the only game we could get was Colorado State.”

Alabama finalized a deal to play Colorado State this season in December, according to Alabama also agreed last October to host FBS newcomer Georgia State. That game will be played on October 5. The Crimson Tide also have a late non-conference match-up with FCS Chattanooga, scheduled just before the regular season finale against Auburn.

“This wasn’t by plan that we did this,” Saban said.

Nobody has been able to confirm which team dropped Alabama from Alabama’s schedule, and does not have any record of any other 2013 game that is not still taking place for Alabama. So who was this mystery team that dreamed of upsetting Saban?

Your guess is as good as anyone’s right now. Perhaps it was unsettling for Saban to have the schedule adjusted this way, but it could end up being a benefit. The narrative here is if Saban has extra time to prepare for an opponent, it could prove to be a masterful plan that leads Alabama to a resounding victory.

Perhaps it’s not all that bad for Saban and the 2013 schedule.

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24 Responses to “Saban says Alabama was dumped in Week 2”
  1. mauldawg says: Sep 12, 2013 9:34 PM

    Throw the mike,walk out. What a little cry baby. Just shut the hell up.

  2. rolltide510 says: Sep 12, 2013 9:52 PM

    Saban had all offseason to prepare for A&M. Nobody would intentionally give up a sensible, mid-season bye week where your players can rest and heal to move it to week 2, makes no sense.

  3. jimmymarlinsfan says: Sep 12, 2013 10:03 PM

    Does ànyone believe anything this man says? What a fraud

  4. sillec28 says: Sep 12, 2013 10:11 PM

    Alabama has almost always gotten scheduling breaks from the SEC. The SEC’s offices are in Birmingham. Anyone think there might be a connection?

  5. afrancis55 says: Sep 12, 2013 11:16 PM

    Saban needs to quit his bitching. He always avoids UGA Scar and UF or whoever is good in the SEC East but yet always finds something wrong with the schedule. Geez, grow up little man

  6. dcroz says: Sep 12, 2013 11:17 PM

    Yeah, sillect28, just like that scheduling break in 2010 when six of Alabama’s eight SEC opponents had bye weeks the week before playing the Tide, and when four or five were scheduled likewise the year before. Just like how ‘Bama played at Arkansas, Florida, and at South Carolina in consecutive weeks. Yeah, sounds like Alabama controls the SEC office.

  7. dcroz says: Sep 12, 2013 11:21 PM


    How can Saban “avoid” UGA, USC, and UF when he doesn’t make the league schedule? And the Tide last played South Carolina in 2010 and Florida in 2011, and has the Gators coming to Tuscaloosa next year, so I’d say that’s pretty far from “always” avoiding them. And you could just as easily say those teams manage to miss ‘Bama as ‘Bama misses them.

  8. youregonnawantit says: Sep 12, 2013 11:36 PM

    So 3 years ago, he played one team. Two years ago he played a second. Next year he plays the second team again. Congrats for playing the 2 teams 3 times in 5 years. That is a pretty good job of “avoiding” them as you put it.

  9. buckeyecoop says: Sep 13, 2013 12:02 AM

    First time at this site for me….the ignorance and hate is amazing here. I’m a Buckeye OSU diehard, so I have zero love for ‘Bama, but does anyone here have an objective bone among the bones in their head?
    First, NO ONE – can scramble at the last minute to get a worthy opponent when you get some schmuck AD pull his team out (cancel) of a game. If you think Saban orchestrated it, the odds are overwhelmingly against you, as this happens almost every year to some major school around the country.
    Second, you idiots who think he is ducking tough opponents really need to get a grip, or maybe start focusing on the fashion pages, or watch the food channel.
    Third, Alabama just kicked the s#!& out of a rolling media darling Notre Dame in the last Championship, and you think he needs to be “ducking” Div 1AA teams? get a clue.
    And Four – anyone who thinks media people just want to get a story on a game or an inside scoop on some issue with the program is an idiot. Media people are looking to get a big story that will make THEMSELVES the story, so they do nothing but continually banter about rumors and here say and 1/2 truths, until they get a coach to yell, or swear, or throw a tantrum…or throw a mike down to end the interview.
    This story about throwing the mike is a NON story, but here are all you morons jumping on like it is the last hate train hell.
    Saban has been a great coach wherever he has been. I’m glad he is out of the Big 10. But just because some ball-less reporter pisses him off with inane repetitive nonsense questions, proves NOTHING. What is the story this guy came up with? “hey – I pissed off Nick Saban! ” That’s the story? Really?

  10. Deb says: Sep 13, 2013 12:19 AM

    Gosh, no. What coach in his right mind would schedule a bye for the second week of the season–especially with a green offensive line that needs work and experience to gel before going up against a strong opponent like A&M?

    Any idiot with a thimble’s worth of football knowledge would realize something had gone wrong from Bama’s perspective … oops, guess that eliminates the haters posting on this thread. Football knowledge isn’t exactly their strong suit, now is it? If it were, sillec28 wouldn’t need dcroz to tell him about the infamous incident when Bama was scheduled against all those SEC opponents coming off their byes the season following our 2009 championship. Yeah … the SEC just loves to accommodate Alabama :roll:

  11. Deb says: Sep 13, 2013 12:24 AM

    @buckeyecoop …

    Well, hello there!!! I’m thrilled to see you! Have been here a few years now, and am delighted to welcome knowledgeable, objective fans of any stripe. By way of background, our lovely host, John Taylor (the head guy around here) is a diehard Ohio State fan–though you’ll never know it by his objective writing. Just thought that might tempt you to stay :)

  12. tomnoye says: Sep 13, 2013 1:33 AM

    We can just hope and pray that this year the Oregon Ducks can stay healthy and give this country a worthy ending to the BCS era! It really is too bad Oregon couldn’t tap in at halftime for Notre Dame in last seasons title game. Everyone knows that Bama and Oregon are the two best teams in the country. And I want to see fully healthy Bama and a fully healthy Oregon go at it, so there can be no question to who is the best of the best. Ohio State can have Stanford. Now wouldn’t that be a great ending to the season? Oh yeah!!

  13. jimbo75025 says: Sep 13, 2013 3:08 AM


    Here, here. Perhaps the most rational and well thought out post on here in quite a while by a tOSU fan. My hats off to you sir.

  14. charles130 says: Sep 13, 2013 6:54 AM

    Be honest, Nick. Someone at Alabama miscounted to 12.

  15. drewsylvania says: Sep 13, 2013 9:24 AM

    Perhaps he’s not lying, but how can we tell at this point?

  16. foreverlsu says: Sep 13, 2013 10:10 AM

    Laughable to see Saban and Bama fans bitch about bye weeks when discussing scheduling.

    It’s widely known that Mark Womack (Bama graduate and booster) is in charge of scheduling for the SEC office. LSU is clearly Bama’s biggest threat to get to Atlanta each year since Saban arrived. Magically, in “bridge” schedule years Womack created, LSU drew South Carolina and Georgia while Bama drew East doormats Missouri and Kentucky. Guess it was the luck of the draw, huh Mark?

    Saban needs to quit bitching about having a bye week before playing his two toughest opponents and travel to the Swamp more than twice per decade.

    LSU is playing Georgia and Florida in the same season this year for the fifth time since 2003. Care to guess how many times Alabama has done this? Bingo! A big fat ZERO!

  17. Anoesis says: Sep 13, 2013 12:06 PM

    Was the mystery school was yet another FCS creampuff? That’s a bad habit several teams are going to have to quit when strength-of-schedule starts getting counted.

  18. thraiderskin says: Sep 13, 2013 1:47 PM

    Guys with number 1 or 2 recruiting classes, year in and year out, who have 4 NCs as a hc don’t duck anyone… period.

  19. barkleyblows says: Sep 13, 2013 3:56 PM

    Screw Nick Satan. Effin scumbag!

  20. Deb says: Sep 13, 2013 4:32 PM

    @foreverlsu …

    Umm, you’re behind. While I respect LSU, A&M was clearly Bama’s biggest threat in the SEC West last season. And no one is bitching. We’re simply saying no school would deliberately schedule a bye for the second week in the season. Is that chip on your shoulder heavy?

  21. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 13, 2013 5:32 PM

    rolltide510 says:
    Sep 12, 2013 9:52 PM
    Saban had all offseason to prepare for A&M. Nobody would intentionally give up a sensible, mid-season bye week where your players can rest and heal to move it to week 2, makes no sense.


    Ya’ll realize Bama has another bye week right before the LSU game on Nov 2…. right about in the middle of the season.

    What sucks is A&M has to play Bama and LSU coming off their bye weeks…. 😦

  22. Deb says: Sep 13, 2013 6:59 PM

    @8to80texansblog …

    No, didn’t realize that–tend only to look at our schedule from week to week. Although I’m a college fan, I’m much more familiar with NFL rules and just assumed it was one bye per season. Thanks for the info. Glad to know we have a bye during the late games when one can be useful to help players recover from injury.

    Sorry you’re getting LSU off their bye because it’s a late-season game and they’re always tough. But I don’t think you guys will be that tired tomorrow coming off Sam Houston State :)

  23. hotlantalaw says: Sep 13, 2013 8:10 PM

    Nick is a shameless experienced liar. Note to dolphin vets.

  24. tg1896 says: Sep 14, 2013 8:41 AM

    Note: I am not a Bama fan (I’m a college football fan)

    Say what you want – Nick Saban is absolutely amazing. Alabama is absolutely amazing. The Tide ducking teams? Listen closely – that whistling sound you hear is due to the holes in your head.

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