Saban: Let best four teams play for title

Alabama coach Nick Saban said Tuesday what most in the SEC have felt for a long time.

He’s not the first to say it publicly. But when you’ve won two of the last three national championships, people tend to lean in and listen a little more attentively.

In short, Saban said he prefers a plus-one system to determine college football’s national champion and that a four-team playoff makes the most sense.

He also said that limiting a playoff to conference champions only makes no sense.

“There are conferences that are in the BCS that if they played in the SEC, their champion may be in fourth or fifth place,” said Saban, who was in Nashville speaking at a fundraiser for the Jason Foundation, an organization dedicated to the awareness and prevention of teen suicide.

“If you’re one of the best two teams, you should be able to play in the game.”

Obviously, Saban’s Crimson Tide won the BCS national championship in 2011 without winning the SEC title. He knows as well as anyone that the SEC is going to typically produce more than one team deserving of a spot in a four-team playoff.

He also knows that all conferences aren’t created equal.

Even with the plus-one system, Saban would like to see the bowl system remain intact.

“I’d like to see us use the bowl system we have now, and I’d also like to see the money that gets made from this four-team playoff go back to the players,” Saban said.