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Nick Saban says let selection committee choose all bowl pairings

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban always seems to have some ideas to ponder, if people are willing to listen. The head coach of the Crimson Tide was vocal about his desire for the SEC to move to a nine-game conference schedule in football, but that ultimately was rejected. Now Saban says he has a plan that could help improve the bowl system as we move into the era of the College Football Playoff.

Let the selection committee do all the work in pairing bowl match-ups and do away with conference tie-ins.

“I think we have to change the whole system,” Saban said Tuesday on a coaching tour according to Al.com. “I understand everybody’s point of view on this. Everybody wants to be bowl eligible, they look at it like if we have another conference game, that’s seven more losses of everyone which would minimize the number of teams that could get in bowl games.”

Saban then went on to suggest the work being done by the selection committee for the College Football Playoff could be expanded to all of the bowls.

“Well I think on the other end of it, the committee that’s going to pick the top four teams for the playoff are really picking the top 12 teams for all six sort of championship bowl games, whatever they call it now,” Saban said. “Well, why don’t we do it like basketball and let them pick all the teams for all the bowl games. Then it doesn’t matter what your record is.”

A few teams with worthy records have been left out of bowl games in recent years. Saban’s hypothetical idea may be one that could prevent that from happening again as conference tie-ins have the opportunity to block a team with a better record from getting int a bowl game. It is an interesting idea by Saban, but considering how the bowl system is run by corporate sponsorships and big money conference deals, it seems unlikely to happen.

But thanks for the suggestion, Saban!

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10 Responses to “Nick Saban says let selection committee choose all bowl pairings”
  1. suprmous says: May 14, 2014 12:11 PM

    DAMN, can’t this guy coach and leave it at that? It seems next thing you know he’ll be runnin for the Pres’s job. All I can say is would somebody please put a dirty sock in this fool’s mouth and please make it pronto.

    Would anybody care to tell me if there’s a reason that Bama allows him to keep runnin his mouth? No other coach before him was as vocal and God willin when he’s finally hit the retirement or unemployment line he’ll realize what an ass he’s made of himself. I can’t think of anyother coach that as been more outspoken of issues in general in all of my life. Safety’s one thing but to carry on with the administration of implementing rule changes for play is another. Here’s hopin that somebody finds a way to shut Saban’s mouth once and for all.

  2. bigdinla says: May 14, 2014 12:43 PM

    There was a lot of anger and frustration in that statement suprmos. Show us on the doll where the mean Saban touched you!

  3. patbocam says: May 14, 2014 1:09 PM

    He’s doesnt have a controlling personality at all, does he?
    War damn Eagle!
    Gotta sec nick!

  4. swede700 says: May 14, 2014 1:29 PM

    Maybe I’m in the minority, but I agree with Saban. I’ve always thought the conference tie-ins were nonsense.

  5. thefiesty1 says: May 14, 2014 1:30 PM

    That’s the ticket. All the bowls 32-34 of them are all part of the PLAYOFF. Selection committee seeds the teams and assigns them to a bowl. Winner advances to a “better” bowl the next week.

  6. gorilladunk says: May 14, 2014 3:25 PM

    I actually agree with Nick. Hell, most of the bowl games are a bore and conference affiliations make attractive match-ups difficult in many cases. It would allow teams from all parts of the country play each other. Much like the “good old days” (the 70’s) LOL!

  7. Deb says: May 14, 2014 4:26 PM

    What matters in a playoff is that the best teams are in the final four–regardless of conference. I’d hate to see a #2-ranked LSU team excluded because a #1-ranked Auburn team was already playing from the same conference. If Saban’s suggestion could help eliminate that possibility, I’d think LSU fans would support it. The same would go for a #1-ranked Ohio State and a #2-ranked Wisconsin.

    Ultimately, I want to see an 8- or 12-game bracket based solely on ranking regardless of conference. And I don’t care if Gus Malzahn suggests it.

  8. imaduffer says: May 14, 2014 6:57 PM

    How about we have the Selection Committee pick who Alabama plays when it comes to out of conference games and stop this nonsense of playing FCS teams. Especially late in the season when other conferences are playing games against teams in their own conference.

  9. sportsguy3434 says: May 14, 2014 7:16 PM

    Let’s go back to an 11 game schedule like they played before since all it did was add a creme puff team. Then that would allow for another week of playoffs or whatever. Oh wait then the colleges wouldn’t be able to sell the ticket packages and would loose money so it won’t happen.

  10. longborer69 says: May 15, 2014 2:57 AM

    If they did their job right, we wouldn’t have to watch Oklahoma beat up a mediocre Alabama team again.

    Joking aside, I hate the bowl tie-ins for every single bowl, they too often give one-sided games, and this actually sounds like a good idea to me. A committee could respect tradition, too, after they’ve chosen the playoff teams. Most years they could do a PAC/B1G matchup in the Rose Bowl, an SEC team in the Sugar Bowl, a team from Texas or Oklahoma in the Cotton, a team with U and T in the Citrus :), etc. But the tie-ins wouldn’t be set in stone.

    Based on out of conference games (records and quality of competition), the PAC was the superior conference this year. But we never really got to find out, because bowl tie-ins mostly kept the PAC and SEC apart. Would have been nice to see 3-4 bowl games between the two conferences this year, rather than the SEC beating up B1G, and middling PAC teams doing unspeakable things to ACC weaklings.

    I heartily recommend Nick spend all his time campaigning on this, rather than trying to manufacture rules to slow down the games.

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