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Nick Saban: Have playoffs or bowl games, not both

The College Football Playoff was a major success in the eyes of many, especially the fans, but don’t be so quick to count Nick Saban among the proponents for it.

Even though his Alabama team was one of the four that played in the inaugural event, Saban felt that too much attention was placed on the four teams in the playoff, and that it took away from the other teams playing in bowl games.

"What I was most fearful of is college football is unique,” Saban said Wednesday. “A lot of young men get a lot of positive self-gratification from being able to go to a bowl game and that's always been a special thing. [I was fearful] that by having a playoff we would minimize the interest in other bowl games, which I think is sort of what happened, and I hate to see that for college football."

The playoff likely isn’t going anywhere. If anything, it might expand in the future. And just last week, three new bowl games were added, bringing the grand total to 42.

However, Saban doesn’t believe the two can co-exist in the current format.

"Maybe we need to go one way or the other," he said. "Either have bowl games or have playoffs but not try to have both."

You can read about Saban’s stance and more at AL.com.