Saban: Expanding playoff would ‘disintegrate’ other bowls

Alabama coach Nick Saban reiterated his opposition to expanding the College Football Playoff, saying Thursday that doing so would lead to the further disintegration of the non-playoff bowl games.

“I think the playoff … continues to expand to minimize the importance of those games, maybe to the point where those game won’t even exist,” Saban said during media day for Saturday’s Orange Bowl, a national semifinal game against the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners.

Saban’s Crimson Tide are the No. 1 seed.

“I’m not sure that is the best thing, overall, for college football,” said Saban, who was also against the four-team playoff.

Saban said the importance of the non-playoff bowl games would continue to “sort of disintegrate,” noting that more top players would skip those games to prepare for the NFL Draft.

“I’m not really for going eight teams in a playoff. It’s a hypothetical question … I have enough issues and problems to solve without thinking about something that may or may not happen,” Saban said.

The College Football Playoff is in the fifth year of a 12-year contract.

–Field Level Media