What Alabama football coach Nick Saban said about possible College Football Playoff expansion
After Nick Saban spearheaded the latest College Football Playoff semifinal blowout, the Alabama football coach was asked about the state of the playoff, which features four teams but has been considered for expansion.
Saban said he doesn't see the logic in expanding to more teams.
A reporter asked: "The semifinal games were both blowouts. Do you feel like going to an expansion with 12 teams would maybe help that and create more competitive games, or do you think that would diminish the regular season too much?"
Alabama defeated Cincinnati 27-6, while Georgia rolled over Michigan 34-11.
"I don't necessarily agree with your assessment of our game," Saban responded. "I can't speak to the other game, but it was a really hard fought game for us, I think. And we have a tremendous amount of respect for the team that we played. I don't know that expanding — if this is the best four teams and they played each other, I don't see the logic in: If we had more teams, there would be better games. I don't know how that adds up. But I'm really not in position to answer that."
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"There's a lot of other good teams that, whether it was their consistency and performance or whatever happened to them in championship games or whatever, may have had the opportunity to get in the playoffs that didn't," Saban said. "But look, I'm not the one that needs to be deciding what the playoff needs to be. There's a lot of good people out there that can make a decision as to what's best for college football. But the more we expand the playoffs, the more we minimize bowl games, the importance of bowl games, which I said when we went before. So I don't think that's changed, and I think it's also come to fruition."