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Nick Saban wants to ride jet skis and only play teams from the Power 5

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Before heading down to Destin for the SEC Meetings, Alabama head coach Nick Saban enjoyed some time on the lake this Memorial Day Weekend, showing off an impressive farmer’s tan atop a jet ski on Lake Burton in Georgia. Saban’s also making waves in Destin with his comments about future SEC non-conference scheduling, telling reporters that he believes SEC teams should only play fellow “Power 5” conference schools (SEC, Big 12, Big 10, ACC, Pac-12). Starting in 2016, SEC schools will be required to play at least one Power 5 non-conference game (Kentucky’s is Louisville), but Saban doesn’t think that’s enough, arguing that the higher level of competition will be “better for fans and players.”

That’s fine for the Alabamas of the world, but could spell doom for Kentucky’s bowl chances. The SEC deciding to stay at eight league games instead of moving to nine was a relief, but if all of our non-conference games have to be against Power 5 opponents, the road to six gets downright treacherous.

Florida’s Will Muschamp had a more reasonable proposal earlier on Tuesday when he told reporters that Florida will no longer schedule FCS teams to give their fans better competition. The Big Ten agreed to this in 2013, and this season, every SEC school will play an FCS team (for us it’s UT-Martin). Of course, Florida also lost to an FCS school last season, Georgia Southern, for the first time in school history, so you know, less potential for embarrassment?

I’m fine with not playing FCS opponents, but please, let’s not restrict non-conference foes to the Power 5. I’d like to go to a bowl game in a warm place at some point in the future.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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20 Comments for Nick Saban wants to ride jet skis and only play teams from the Power 5



  1. Whoa.
    4:32 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    You sure can tell Saban spends a lot of time in the sun!



  2. catdaddyd
    4:37 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Bowl games are a joke anyway, more than half of the DIV 1 teams go to a bowl game each year. There are 128 FBS teams and 39 bowl games, meaning 78 out of 128 play in a bowl. Talk about a participation trophy. Brooks would play a watered down schedule and go to bowl game with a 6-6 record. Even as a kid I never liked the bowl system.



  3. Really?
    4:47 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    No, let’s elevate the program instead of dummying down.



    • JerryC
      5:36 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

      I agree Really. The whole tenor of this article can be summed up by: We suck, please don’t make us play anyone good.
      That’s just STINKIN’ THINKIN’!



  4. DC_CAT
    4:55 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Depending upon which teams we schedule it may not be that bad. There are plenty of teams in the Power 5 that are not very good; however may prove problematic geographically. Think Wazzou(Washington State), CAL, Iowa, Minnesota, Duke(Which could be a lot of fun). I prefer our easy wins, but it also sucks to have to pay the same price to watch the “Little Sisters of the Poor” as you do Bama, Florida, UGA etc.



  5. Bill
    4:57 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Agree with catdaddyd.

    To take it one step further, if everyone stopped buying tickets to the bowl games, the bowl games would stop and we’d get a playoff.



    • DC_CAT
      5:04 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

      No they wouldn’t. You would have to orchestrate an effort across America where no one would watch the game. They make significantly more money off the advertising revenue than ticket sales.



  6. Lahinch02
    5:01 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    I agree with Saban with the caveat that the competition should be by strata in those other leagues. UK playing Big 10 or 12 or 14: Purdue/Rutgers/MD; Big 12 or TX & them league: Kansas/Iowa State; PAC12: Washington State/CO/Oregon St would be preferable to a MAC school or FBS school. Alabama would get a FSU, Ohio State, Texas, USC … Of course they want it reversed. And, anyway, it is about home games and money. Could we please schedule Grambling or another SWAC school just to see a vibrant band?



  7. tom
    5:26 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    It is Kentucky that spells doom for itself regarding bowl games. Saban (or Alabama) has nothing to do with it.



  8. Usefulijit
    5:36 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Not a jet ski



  9. njCat
    5:43 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Seriously??? If you’re going to be competitive in the SEC (which we fully expect once Stoops gets his ducks in a row), what’s the problem playing IU or Maryland or AZ state? If we can beat Florida we can surely beat those teams.

    Playing in 6-6 bowl games is almost an embarrassment. Participation rewards for sure. The true measure is how we’re doing in our own conference. If we’re .500 or better there we have no worries playing other Big 5 schools.

    And we better sign them up now before we get good!



    • What?
      7:56 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

      Wait. What? “If we can beat Florida we can surely beat those teams.” …YOU CAN’T BEAT FLORIDA.



    • njCat
      11:31 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

      Can you not understand the concept of what the program will be with good leadership and vision? Stoops like no other coach since Curci had the team in the top 10 has shown that he can recruit the athletes necessary to beat Florida and every other team in the conference. And Stoops has a staff that has been successful and knows how to win with the right level of talent.

      There is no reason KY cannot beat Florida, (at least occasionally) with the right talent and coaching – both of which are either here or coming.

      Honestly, I sometimes think the low expectations and defeatist attitudes of the fans is what has allowed the program to sink as low as it did under the Philips.



  10. BluKudzu
    5:53 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    ^^^^^we have time.



  11. Rich A
    5:59 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Brett Bielema says Arkansas will only play teams that agree to spend at least 24 seconds in the huddle before calling a play!



  12. ZombieLibrarian
    7:55 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    I’m fine with dropping the DII schools (I frigging refuse to call them FCS), but I think teams from the ‘Power 5’ only playing other teams from the ‘Power 5’ is really a bad deal for the overall quality of college football. There’s some good football in conferences like the Mountain West and the Sun Belt. If you adopt this attitude, you’re really punishing the hell out of a bunch of schools just because they weren’t fortunate enough to jockey themselves into a sweet deal like lil bro or Utah during the massive realignments of the last decade.



    • Calf
      9:16 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

      If you ain’t going to call them FCS at least call them the right thing. It would be Div. 1-AA not D-II.



    • ZombieLibrarian
      2:40 pm May 28, 2014 Permalink

      Oops.



  13. bill
    9:08 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Doesn’t necessarily mean doom silly..u do realize there are other poop power conference teams. For instance we could schedule kansas in football or washington st, or some other garbage power team…no where did he say everyone has to schedule the top 10…use your head.



  14. caliborne_field
    9:08 am May 28, 2014 Permalink

    Indiana (Big 10), West Virginia (Big 12), Louisville (ACC), and one more (perjaps a North Carolina school (UNC, Duke, or State)… That would be awesome. I, for one, agree with Saban and would much rather see upgraded games during the regular season and work to upgrade our program instead of trying to nip our way to some ridiculous bowl.