NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > "Be Careful What You Ask For, Nick" -- Will Muschamp
November 27, 2012, 12:04 AM
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Nick Saban said it isn't fair that the 5th-ranked Gators likely will play in the Sugar Bowl instead of the loser of the SEC title game.

At issue: the top 4 teams are guaranteed spots in BCS games as long as no conference sends more than 2 teams. It will be nearly impossible for a 2-loss Alabama or Georgia to stay ahead of a 1-loss Florida (or Oregon and KState for that matter).

Do you agree with Saban?
November 27, 2012  01:28 AM ET

Interesting. Two thoughts come to mind...

1. Sounds like Saban is a 'qualifications' kinda guy. In other words, if you don't win your division, you shouldn't advance. I don't recall that being his opinion last year.

2. If he was confident of winning next Saturday, Saban would have no reason to make such a statement. It only affects Saban if the Tide loses and his statement can somehow influence coaches and Harris stooges to keep Bama above UF in the BCS polls. It would be a longshot, but stranger things have happened on the final vote (Mack Brown, 2004).

Clearly, I'm not dialed into Saban from this part of the country, but I've never heard him give an opinion unless it's something that affects him or his. Is Saban eyeing the Sugar Bowl? Could Saban's players be wondering the same thing?

November 27, 2012  06:49 AM ET

It's a subtle dart aimed at Delaney. Average folks like us don't catch it, but, the Fringed Dome knows exactly at whom Saban is aiming that swifty.

November 27, 2012  07:48 AM ET

Translated: "Alabama is the most awesomest team ever.......and we should win the NC every year whether we win it or not!"

November 27, 2012  07:49 AM ET

wait a minute....that's what they do now!

November 27, 2012  08:17 AM ET

I don't like the BCS bowl tie-ins so I can see some of his point. But stumping for a 2-loss team to make a BCS bowl doesn't hold water ... and there are plenty of 2-loss teams to choose from. aTm is one of those 2-loss teams, a team that beat Saban's Tide, and they're on a hot streak with plenty of media love thanks to Johnny Football. You don't hear Sumlin complaining about possibly being left out of a BCS bowl.

November 27, 2012  08:20 AM ET

I don't agree. The Sugar would be passing up a likely higher-ranked, one-loss team to take the CCG loser, why would they choose to do that, or worse yet be forced to? It's not like Gator fans don't travel well. We take Bourbon Street by storm.

November 27, 2012  08:22 AM ET

Not to mention we will likely be in the top 4 and are guaranteed a BCS bowl slot. Guess some other bowl could choose UF, but the Sugar is the place for UF, no question.

November 27, 2012  08:39 AM ET

At this point in 2014 UF would be playing Notre Dame in the Semi-Finals for the national championship. And Little Nicky wants UF not to even get a BCS bowl. Little Nicky is scared of THE STARE.

November 27, 2012  09:35 AM ET

Personally, I don't agree with Saban. Florida has more than earned the Sugar Bowl, and a lot would argue they should be in over UGA or Bama regardless of the outcome of the game. I don't agree that only conference champs should be considered for the title game, like last year, though I didn't want to see the rematch, I think the title game should be between the best two teams in the country, and if they happen to be in the same conference, so be it.

November 27, 2012  10:04 PM ET

This has happened before in the SEC and no one complained.

November 27, 2012  11:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

This has happened before in the SEC and no one complained.

Plenty of times.

 
November 28, 2012  12:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

2. If he was confident of winning next Saturday, Saban would have no reason to make such a statement. It only affects Saban if the Tide loses and his statement can somehow influence coaches and Harris stooges to keep Bama above UF in the BCS polls.

Funny you bring this up.
That was my first thought exactly as I started reading about this.

It's called lobbying. And it works.

It's reminiscent of a similar situation 4 years ago when 2 highly ranked teams both had similar schedules but both also had just 1 loss to a mediocre opponent.
At the end of the season they were ranked 2nd and 3rd.

One coach took the high road and said 'lets let the chips fall where they fall'.

The other took the low road and said his team deserved to play against #1.


The voters, to no fault of their own, went with the coach that lobbied.

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