“…So I don’t want anybody to think it’s sour grapes about overtime.”

Guess who thinks college football needs to change its overtime rules.


Filed under Nick Saban Rules

49 responses to ““…So I don’t want anybody to think it’s sour grapes about overtime.”

  1. Grafton

    Boohoo! Everyone loves a sore loser. AL had the same opportunities as LSU.

  2. Go Dawgs!

    “one mistake won’t cost you the game,” Saban says.

    Uh, moron, the current system is set up to ENSURE that one mistake won’t cost you the game. In order to lose in college overtime, you must first fail to score a touchdown or field goal, and THEN fail to prevent the other team from doing so, or vice versa. That’s a minimum of five failures, assuming you didn’t turn it over on offense. Meanwhile, in the NFL, if you lose the coin toss and a coverage guy trips on the kickoff, BALLGAME. You have just lost because you made one single mistake, and there’s no shot at redemption.

    Your team lost because you don’t have a field goal kicker and you couldn’t finish a drive. AT HOME. No championship for you, ha, ha, and it had nothing to do with overtime rules.

    In closing, if you liked the NFL so much, you certainly had the option to stay there.

    • UGAfoo

      That was the quote that stuck out for me as well. One mistake does not cost you the game in OT. Let’s count the mistakes that cost him the game. Mind you these are only OT mistakes.

      1st Down – Incomplete Pass
      5 yard Penalty
      2nd Down – Incomplete Pass
      3rd Down – Sack
      4th Down – Missed FG

      Now to defense.

      1st Down – 3 yd Rush
      2nd Down – Toss sweep 15 yard gain to 7 yard line
      1st Down – No gain
      2nd Down – No gain
      3rd Down – FG

      I’m going to say being generous it took FOUR mistakes to add up to this overtime loss.
      1. 5 yard penalty
      2. Sack
      3. Missed FG
      4. Gave up 15 yard toss sweep

  3. Chadwick

    Oh those rules, the ones the NFL ditches for the playoffs because they suck? Damned, what a sore loser.

  4. Rick

    Any overtime where the team that wins the coin toss is 50% more likely to win (60-40 odds) is obscene. I would almost prefer they bring out soccer goals and do penalty kicks.

  5. Raleigh St. Clair

    What a complete asshat. But let’s not lose focus – Auburn is a ridiculous institution that was actually in danger of losing it’s accreditation at one point.

    What a bunch of morons.

  6. X-Dawg

    I, on the other hand wish the NFL would emulate college overtime rules. Saban should have stuck it out with the Dolphins if he likes the NFL rules so much.

  7. DCB Dawg

    What a little b*tch. I hope this OT loss causes Nick Saban to become completely unhinged. Here’s a little hint, Coach: Get a placekicker worth a damn and that game doesn’t go into overtime.

    • Go Dawgs!

      Or, score a touchdown to cap off any of the long drives you had all night.

      That’s what the jackass was getting at. Alabama was able to drive on LSU all night that night, and LSU only managed one real sustained drive. He thinks that if he got a kickoff, he’d be able to walk down the field and score. Too bad them’s not the rules, Nick. And too bad you didn’t take advantage of even ONE of the chances you had to score a kill shot in regulation.

      • Cojones

        He also had the ball and instead of fighting to the last, opted to let the clock run out and go to overtime. If you can’t kick field goals, it appears to me that overtime is the worst of the two evils.

    • stoopnagle

      Or, you know, hire a special teams coa… err…


  8. Bort

    Let’s (make it to and then) win the SECCG so this a-hole has to coach in the Capital One Bowl.

  9. I think college OT should start at the 35 or 40 instead of the 25, but otherwise, I prefer the college method. It lines up the offenses and defenses in a potential scoring situation, and rewards the team that gets the first stop. And, in the case of the LSU-Alabama game, it actually ended. In the NFL, it would have been a tie, because neither team would have scored. It was 6-6 at the end of 60 minutes. It was not a sure thing that one team would move the ball enough to score in an NFL OT period.

    • Coastal Dawg

      Agree with moving the starting point back. Then at least you have to get a first down to be in reasonable FG range.

  10. DawgPhan

    “I dont want this to sound like sour grapes” always sounds like sour grapes.

  11. JG Shellnutt

    “The rules of the game have been good for the other four quarters of the game,”

    I guess the most glaring oversight there is that in the other four quarters, the first one to score is not deemed the winner. The set up for college overtime is pretty fair, he and his team just did not get it done.

  12. D.N. Nation

    Dear Nick,

    I stopped kicking against Florida when it wasn’t working.


  13. yurdle

    Another rule that I would like to see changed is this: I think when you elect to have a WR throw a duck to a TE when you’re in field goal range, the other team should not be allowed to intercept the ball. My coaching decisions are irrelevant.


  14. stoopnagle

    Oh what f’n b.s.

    Move it to the 40, make sure both teams get a possession.

    NFL OT sucks. It’s ALL about the coinflip.

  15. Bryant Denny

    Man, y’all are some harsh Dawgs. Simply answer a fine Crimson Tide fan’s question about OT and you get crushed on a message board.

    • Comin' Down The Track

      Man, you know, we’ve won a few games in a row, and we’re all feeling a little froggy, especially with the PlainEagleWarTigersmen on the docket… nothing personal.😉

      • Bryant Denny

        I’ll be pulling for them Dawgs this weekend. Big time.

        • Cojones

          Thanks again, BD. Your presence has an inhibitory affect on the sensitive UGA bloggers who want to excoriate the little LSU fugitive, but we don’t want to say anything about the Napoleonic asshole with you hangin’ around so would you, like…you know, go look at his F’ing stature until we are through roasting his disloyal beady-eyed ass? Ok? Please?

          • Bryant Denny

            No blood, no foul. 🙂

            BTW Saban did get out-coached in the game. That’s not the crime of the century, though. The Tide staff just got a little too cute – or at least that’s the way it looked when we didn’t make the plays we should have.

            I’ll tell you what, too – I’d rather argue about Saban and a bunch of other stuff than for anybody to have to deal with the Penn State stuff.

          • Comin' Down The Track


            Freudian slip?

    • Hogbody Spradlin

      From now on we’ll try to be more sensitive to his delicate feelings. You can trust us.

      • Bryant Denny

        Thanks, Hog. I need for the staff to concentrate a little more on the game plan this week than trolling fan blogs.

  16. what a whiny a** b*tch. I didn’t think any coach could make the OBC and Patrino look reasonable but damn Nick Satan is looking like the worst loser in the world. Does he feel this way if the Tide had Rolled in OT?….I think not .

  17. DawgPhan

    Also remember a certain Stafford to Henderson play that was in OT and in Tuscaloosa..

    • Bryant Denny

      Easy now.
      Man, that was a great game – the kind you don’t really mind losing because both teams played their hearts out.

  18. Mayor of Dawgtown

    The college overtime is way better and more fair than the NFL overtime. The only thing I personally would like to see different in the college overtime is to some way implement (gulp!) the kicking game into it.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Before everybody jumps me let me add–“beyond field goal kicking.”

      • Bryant Denny

        I tend to think the college OT is just about right. Perhaps move the ball to back to the 30 or 35. Maybe.

        The one thing I don’t like is the 62-56 type games when regulation ended tied at 21.

        • +1

          That makes it too much like a playstation game. I’m sure the players love it to pad their stats though.

        • Macallanlover

          I would like to see each team get 4 plays from their own 20, going any direction they wish. Most net yards on those four plays gets 1 point, game over. No tired players, or big advantage to a coin flip, no padded stats, or scores, and kickers don’t decide it. Quick, equal, and decisive.

  19. ill never understand ‘the better team lost’ mantra.

    offensive and defense were a push. lsu was clearly better in special teams.. or not as horrible as bama. sorry to say but ST is 1/3rd of the game. LSU was better at it. so they were the better overall team. period.

    i get that bama drove the field more often, but like bama’s D, LSU came up big when it needed to and put it all on the ST… which they failed miserably at.

  20. Macallanlover

    Nice deflection here by Little Nicky. You sure wouldn’t want to be held accountable strictly based on coaching decisions, i.e., “”Hey crip, throw those crutches down and get in there for punt return duty!” No, it was the schedule last year, damned college overtime rules this year. Reminds you of the Dims first learning about the Electoral College in November, 2000. “Damned conservatives changed the rules on us Teddy! Where the hell did that come from?” (Fair and balanced analogy.)

    • Stoopnagle

      Kinda spidery given ’92.

      • Macallanlover

        Not really, never heared conservatives bein shocked about the process, even if they didn’t care for the results. Most paid attention in civics and understood how elections are conducted. Of course, ’92 was life or death like what we face in 2012. Stakes couldn’t be higher…but the electoral college will still rule at least one more time.

  21. Will Trane

    There is not one thing wrong with the current set-up. Losers always bitch, moan, and complain…looking for a remedy or excuse where they failed the first time.

    Sorta like that bunch at PSU…finally they hold a vigil for the victims. Now why did they not do that last week rather than creating a riot. The rest of America has an answer for you criminals…it aint’t that little arrogant saying of “We are Penn State”…like they are the only university with traditiona and pride…well they burned it to the ground…always known now as pedihople university.

  22. Mike

    Not to be a Saban defender, but ESPN reported that Saban expressed displeasure of the college overtime format before the game last Saturday