I have to chuckle a little bit at this Pat Forde column suggesting that Nick Saban has supposedly taught the rest of the SEC how to schedule.
Alabama has had the best players and best coaching in college football for a decade, but there is another reason why the Crimson Tide rule the sport: scheduling.
The program has perfected a scheduling formula that features a splashy neutral-site game while resolutely shunning one thing: non-conference road games. ‘Bama hasn’t played a true road contest outside the Southeastern Conference since 2011, and doesn’t have another one scheduled until 2022. That, combined with the SEC only playing eight league games instead of nine, means that the Tide annually plays just four times per season in hostile stadiums.
Florida says, “hold my beer”, Pat.
SEC schools have gamed the scheduling system as long as I’ve been blogging. It’s nothing new. Alabama’s real scheduling advantage comes in that it doesn’t have a big non-conference rival it’s obligated to play every season. That gives it the extra flexibility to play those neutral site openers.
But, you know, I get it. Nick Saban, genius. Comes with the territory.
While I chuckle at that, here’s the real WTF take:
“SEC fans accepting crappier schedules…” ? Wut?
If you’ve got a suggestion on how we can force SEC schools into dropping cupcakes and playing a nine-game conference schedule, Adam, by all means, lay it on us. We’re all ears.
The garbage doesn’t keep coming because we accept it. It’s because Greg Sankey does.
“The facts candidly speak for themselves,” commissioner Greg Sankey said here Monday, regarding SEC scheduling. “Stated succinctly, what we do works at both the national championship level and at a level that provides our teams meaningful access to post-season Bowl opportunities. … I do not presently anticipate any major change in our approach, but I do anticipate healthy and continued dialogue both now and in the future among our leadership.”
Go make him feel guilty.