With the College Football Playoff providing something closer to having an actual National Championship in college football, there persists still one notable postseason annoyance: The remaining bowl games not in the College Football Playoff. To be more specific, that the non CFP bowls will still rely on agreements with the conferences to provide matchups that may or may not be watchable.
Luckily for America, Alabama head coach Nick Saban has a solution to make the non-CFP bowls more watchable: Do away with the conference tie-ins, and have the CFP committee pick the competitors for the non-playoff bowls as well.
Saban shared his radical idea on the Montgomery leg of Alabama's Crimson Caravan.
"Well I think on the other end of it, the committee that's going to pick the top four teams for the playoff are really picking the top 12 teams for all six sort of championship bowl games, whatever they call it now. Well, why don't we do it like basketball and let them pick all the teams for all the bowl games. Then it doesn't matter what your record is."
Saban also suggested using something similar to college basketball's RPI to determine bowl eligibility.
"I mean, who's to say having six wins and having a 6-6 season is what qualifies to go to a bowl game. If you play in the tough league and you play a tough schedule and you win a couple big games — RPI or whatever you want to call it — and even though you may lose to some very good teams, you should still have an opportunity to go to a bowl game because your team may be better than another team who played a lesser schedule.
"If we do that, then more people would not be so concerned about the type of schedule they played and the number of wins that they got. Which, my whole thing is, improve the number of good games for the fans. So I was for having nine conference games, plus another game in the big five or whatever they're calling it now, the big five conferences, which we're going to play eight games in the SEC and everybody's going to play one of those games as well, which we've always done."
It's hard not to argue with Saban about this idea. Though one wonders what will happen when fans of an SEC team that would ordinarily go to something like the Music City Bowl in Nashville wind up having to go to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise instead.