Originally written on StraitPinkie.com  |  Last updated 11/27/12
“Shut your mouth, Saban, before I make you switch!” Alabama will face the Georgia Bulldogs at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday for the SEC Championship for an opportunity to face Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship game. With a win on Saturday they will reach their third National Title game in four seasons and have a chance to be the first team in the BCS era to win back-to-back national titles. Despite all of that, Alabama head coach Nick Saban is not happy and is complaining about the BCS system. He complains about the fact that the loser of the SEC Championship is likely not to participate in a BCS bowl and instead will be sent to the Capital One Bowl in Orlando. “You play your way into the (SEC) championship game,” said Saban. “Which means you’re the best team in your division. … It doesn’t seem quite right, but it is what it is.” Let’s examine this for a second. Alabama is one of five teams with one loss that sit behind the undefeated Fighting Irish. All five of those teams feel that they should have an opportunity to play for a national title. Yet, Alabama and Georgia are the only two teams that will be able to go out on the field and play for the opportunity to compete in the title game. Oregon doesn’t get that shot. Florida won’t get that shot. And Kansas State will not be allowed an opportunity to play in the title game. Of those three teams mentioned above, Florida has the right to be most upset about not getting a shot to compete in the title game. This is a team that played the toughest schedule in all of college football. They beat Texas A&M in College Station, a team that Alabama lost to at home. They won handily over South Carolina and on Saturday disposed of Florida State in Tallahassee. That’s two wins over top ten teams on the road. Yes, I know their lone loss was at Georgia, which is the reason that the Bulldogs are playing in Atlanta on Saturday and the Gators aren’t. But, if you compare Georgia’s schedule to Florida’s, it isn’t even close. The Bulldogs’ best win outside of their 17-9 win over Florida in Jacksonville is a home win over Vanderbilt. And they were beaten handily by the very same South Carolina team that Florida crushed, 35-7. Even with the head-to-head loss to Georgia, many could argue that Florida deserves a title shot over the Bulldogs. Instead, the Gators are left on the outside looking in with zero opportunity of playing for a title. Their reward is essentially a gauranteed spot in the Sugar Bowl. And that is what Saban is complaining about. He doesn’t think it’s fair that they won their way into the SEC Championship and if they lose, will be overlooked by the Sugar Bowl. Who’s situation would you rather be in? Saban’s with a shot to win back-to-back titles and three in four years or Muschamp with no shot at a title and a likely spot in the Sugar Bowl? How is it even an argument? The goal is to win a national title, right? If Saban wants that shot at the Sugar Bowl, Muschamp is more than willing to swith spots with his former boss, but acknowledges that they didn’t get the job done against Georgia and that is why they aren’t getting a shot. “I’m not a guy that’s going to sit there and belly-ache about the rules,” said Muschamp. “They were set before the season started. We knew the deal. We should have won the game.” So the coach that is being denied a shot at a title, despite playing the toughest schedule in the country, is being stand-up about the situation while the coach who is lucky enough to have an opportunity is crying about it? Before I end my rant, let’s take a look at this situation once the BCS Final Four is instituted. How does the BCS select the four teams that make the tournament? Notre Dame is in. The winner of the SEC Championship is in. I would imagine that Florida is in. But, then what do you do with the final spot? Is the loser of the SEC Championship game penalized and left out? If that’s the case, then a coach like Saban would have a right to complain. In that scenerio, how in the world do you legitimately pick the fourth Final Four contender between Oregon, Kansas State and the loser of the SEC Championship? The Final Four is a step in the right direction, but there are still going to be a lot of questions. Especially, with some conferences having championship games and other’s not.  There is no way to determine how to handle the losers of those championship games against teams that don’t participate. I like the move to the Final Four. I have been clamouring for a playoff since I was in eighth grade. This is better than matching two teams at the top of the computer rankings up. But, now you are matching the top four teams up and despite the fact that you are adding two more slots, I also think you may be adding the opportunity for even more questions. Lucky for Nick Saban, he doesn’t have to worry about that this year and he will get a chance to win his second strait national title. Meanwhile, Will Muschamp must instead prepare his team for a likely berth in the Sugar Bowl? Unless, of course, Saban wants to keep crying about his situation and make the switch. I’m sure Muschamp will oblige. Quotes courtesy of ESPN.com
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Big Ten coaches opposed to 9-game conference schedule

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Hill arrested for reckless driving, clocked going 107 mph

Diamondbacks GM: Padres wanted Goldschmidt for Kimbrel

'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dead at 61

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mets acquire Yoenis Cespedes from Tigers

Sheldon Richardson escapes felony charges for recent arrest

Lawyer who litigated against NFL: Brady plays every game

Cowboys should sign interested RB Steven Jackson

Jameis Winston confirmed as Buccaneers starting QB

Russell Wilson contract increases likelihood of change

Jimmy Garoppolo: the most interesting QB in the world

San Francisco Giants: impact of adding Mike Leake

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

RB signed by Chiefs day after tweeting them highlight video

Evgeni Malkin had real penguins at his birthday party

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Jonathan Papelbon thinks he became ‘scapegoat’ for Phillies

Padres don’t sell at trade deadline, reportedly because AJ Preller still believes in team

First photos of Jason Pierre-Paul’s injured hand emerge

Stop kvetching about Notre Dame, please

Rebuttal banner supporting Tom Brady flies over Pats practice

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

David Price traded to Blue Jays

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Cole Hamels chose Rangers over Astros

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker