Colin Cowherd teed off on Nick Saban for his scheduling practices Monday.
FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd isn’t sure whether Alabama is going to get in the College Football Playoff, but if it doesn’t, he thinks Nick Saban’s scheduling practices are to blame.
Cowherd cited Saban’s unwillingness to go on the road for a big non-conference game as his main reasoning. Here’s what he had to say:
“If Clemson wins, they’re in. They will. If Oklahoma wins, they’re in. They will. If Wisconsin wins, they’re in. I’m not sure. Coin flip. And then the winner of the SEC, Georgia-Auburn. If you think Auburn’s going to beat Georgia, having beat them twice and Alabama, and won’t get in, what are you smoking? Georgia, if they can beat Auburn, Georgia is going to have a quality win on the road against Notre Dame. They’re going to have a quality win against Auburn. They’re going to get in.
Alabama is on the outside looking in. I don’t feel any pity. Now I do think Bama has a chance to get in, because if Wisconsin loses to Ohio State, that’s a coin flip to me, then you may have two SEC teams.
First of all, I don’t feel pity for Nick Saban. I know Nick, I like Nick. He’s a great coach. He’s an all-timer. But they could have controlled the situation. Nick has been manipulating college football schedules at Alabama for years.
They play Mercer twice a year. They have a bye right before LSU. They always have a weakling cupcake right before Auburn. USC didn’t have a bye this year. Their out-of-conference was at Notre Dame and Texas. Nick schedules out-of-conference games only on neutral fields. They’re doing it again next year. They face Louisville in Orlando. They faced Florida State in Dallas. He won’t go on the road.
By the way, the times Nick’s gone on the road this year? They got their ears boxed by Auburn, they should have lost to Mississippi State and it was a one-score game with A&M. Those aren’t great teams outside of Auburn.
So Nick is manipulating the system. Georgia got on the phone and dialed up Notre Dame and went there. Total respect. Auburn got on the phone, went to Clemson. Win or lose, you had the guts to do it. Nick has been manipulating schedules. He knows it, his people know it, and nobody in the media calls him out for it.
He won’t go on the road for big out-of-conference games. There’s always a bye before LSU. There’s a cupcake before Auburn. And all he does is whine when he occasionally every fourth year gets a tough road schedule in the SEC.
Bama does not have a quality win. Mississippi State? They’re going to be unranked this week. LSU? That lost to Troy, that lost to Mississippi State by 30? Where’s their quality win? Georgia beat Notre Dame on the road. Auburn beat Alabama. Alabama is sitting home right now.
Listen, it’s over if Clemson wins, and they will, they’re in. Oklahoma wins and they’re in. And the SEC champ wins and they’re in. I would take Georgia over Alabama. Georgia would have beaten Auburn and Notre Dame, those are quality wins.”
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 27, 2017
Alabama, which posted an 11-1 record this season, will have to sweat it out Sunday since it won’t play in the SEC title on Saturday.