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08:28 AM ET 06.07 | Yes, Nick Saban is comfortable with the SEC's new 6-1-1 schedule format, largely because it preserves inter-division rivalries. But for the first time publicly Wednesday, Saban indicated that he would like to see the league go to a nine-game schedule, even if it means Alabama backing away from nonconference games such as the Sept. 1 opener against Michigan in the Dallas area. "I'm satisfied with what everybody determined, but in all honesty, I was for playing more games," Saban said before teeing off in the Regions Tradition Celebrity Pro-Am at Shoal Creek. "When you increase the size of the league by 15 percent, you've almost got to play more games to get a true indication of who's the best team in the league."

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June 7, 2012  09:12 AM ET

I wouldn't mind a 9 game in conference schedule. I'd rather we drop the easier teams that we play out of conference, but the season is already very grueling.

June 7, 2012  09:16 AM ET

Got to agree with Sabin on this one.

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June 7, 2012  09:24 AM ET

"Saban indicated that he would like to see the league go to a nine-game schedule, even if it means Alabama backing away from nonconference games such as the Sept. 1 opener against Michigan in the Dallas area. "

Glad he thinks 9 games a needed, but why drop games like Mich. How bout dropping the likes of Western KY or Western Carolina ?

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June 7, 2012  09:31 AM ET
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I think Saban is a good coach but the dude is a total ****

"For some young kid from Mobile, Alabama, who has never seen snow, to have to go play a national championship game in Wisconsin ??? I don't know if that's the right thing."

Well, everybody is already familiar with heat and humidity (considering the University of Alaska doesn't play CFB), but not everybody is familiar with ice and snow -- so where's the beef? Seems fair to me that way. ;-)



<tosses a quarter to Clara Peller>

You get extra credit for knowing who Clara Peller is, and don't use Google to hunt it down. And piratey, note the smiley winky face.

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June 7, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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Because the Michigan game isn't a home game. You know why teams don't want 9 conference games? They lose home games in the process. Same reason they buy cupcakes, pay a cupcake 500,000-1,000,000, net $5Million in profit(no joke)

Jeremy Foley, is that you...?

June 7, 2012  09:34 AM ET
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Because the Michigan game isn't a home game. You know why teams don't want 9 conference games? They lose home games in the process. Same reason they buy cupcakes, pay a cupcake 500,000-1,000,000, net $5Million in profit(no joke)

Oh I know...

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June 7, 2012  09:41 AM ET
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Well, everybody is already familiar with heat and humidity (considering the University of Alaska doesn't play CFB), but not everybody is familiar with ice and snow -- so where's the beef? Seems fair to me that way. ;-)<tosses a quarter to Clara Peller> You get extra credit for knowing who Clara Peller is, and don't use Google to hunt it down. And piratey, note the smiley winky face.

GR, ya got me there...only Clara I can think of is Clara Bell the clown on Howdy Doody! And that was before your time, young fella. lol

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June 7, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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They should go to 9 games period...Will all that $$$ coming in... Using the home game with a cupcake is an excuse...

I can understand hosting a lesser in-state school to help out little brother financially, but an out of state FCS school hopefully will be a thing of the past.

If the compromise playoff does include a big SOS component, I think that will finally change.

June 7, 2012  09:47 AM ET
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Since 1991 here are the number of road OOC, out of state, road games some major teams have played:Florida 0LSU 8Alabama 9Florida State 12Oklahoma 12Ohio State 13Michigan 15Nebraska 16Texas 17Miami 23Penn State 24USC 27Since 1961, Florida has only gone on the road in OOC games 10 times.

Oh hell, that ain't Jeremy Foley, for sure!



Gotta be OT. No doubt.

June 7, 2012  09:50 AM ET
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I think Saban is a good coach but the dude is a total ****"For some young kid from Mobile, Alabama, who has never seen snow, to have to go play a national championship game in Wisconsin ??? I don't know if that's the right thing."

Why does that make him a ****? When you throw in a variable like snow, you don't get the true determination of the better team - the game will be won by the team that is best equipped/experienced in playing in snow.

Snow, wind, rain, even sweltering heat are all elements that can affect the game's outcome. It would probably be better for all football games to be played in domes. Most other sports have enough games so that one or two bad weather days won't impact a season very much, but in football the short duration of the season means that even one weather-related loss can be huge.

Should a game, especially one as important as a playoff game, determine the better team - or the team that is better equipped to play in a particular environment?

 
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