If there are fans of the new BCS College Football Playoff structure, Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban isn’t one of them. Speaking to Michael Casagrande of Al.com, the future Hall of Famer sounded off on what he didn’t like about the new process.
“I learned what I feared the most would happen,” Saban said in a story published by Al.com. “All the attention, all the interest would be about the four teams in the playoffs, which is exactly what happened, which was great to be a part of.”
“But what I was most fearful of is college football is unique,” Saban explained. “A lot of young men get a lot of positive self gratification from being able to go to a bowl game and that’s always been a special thing. That by having a playoff we would minimize the interest in other bowl games, which I think is sort of what happened and I hate to see that for college football.”
I’m going to say something right now that those who know me will find shocking. I agree with Saban 100 percent. I come from a family that has roots in the Big Ten and the SEC, and a longtime family tradition was sitting down on a wintry Sunday to watch the bowl game selection show.
The new process has robbed myself and other fans of such anticipation, and now it’s hard to not focus on just the top four teams in the rankings rather than the Top 25 as a whole.
The sad part is that the new playoff structure has so much support that nothing is likely to change in the near future. Rather than keep track of every Top 25 team’s progress and try and project where they’ll end up once Bowl Season begins, we’ll instead fixate on the Top Four and forget about teams that go onto the Orange Bowl, Outback Bowl, Peach Bowl and the myriad number of others.
Hopefully, Saban’s words can encourage at least SOME type of change down the road.
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