Nick Saban Shoots Down Four Team Conference Champion Playoff : Outkick The Coverage
"I don't think there's a parity in college football like there is in the NFL, where you can make a statement like that. No disrespect to any conference, but there are conferences that are in the BCS that if they played in the SEC their champion may be in fourth or fifth place. So because there's not a parity, I don't think it's fair to make a statement like that.
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Roy Kramer and all commissioners of major conferences in the country. No disrespect to anyone. I disagree with that. If you're one of the two best teams you should be able to play in the game and we were fortunate to have the opportunity to get back in the game this year and I think we proved with our performance that we should have been in the game."
Saban also endorsed another idea that could gain some headway moving forward -- the idea of using the money generated by a college football playoff to pay all athletes a larger stipend.
"I'd like to see the money that gets made from this four-team playoff go back to the players," Saban said. "I think we should definitely do something to improve the quality of life of all student athletes, whether you're a women's softball player or a men's baseball player, I think all scholarship athletes should be entitled to the same quality of life."
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Saban is absolutely correct. The game of college football is nothing like that of the NFL, and it doesn't need to pattern its postseason after the NFL. Picking the top four teams in the final BCS standings and let them play it out preserves the integrity of the regular season, acknowledges the lack of parity between conferences and doesn't arbitrarily pick winners and losers.