The Georgia Bulldogs played a valiant game on Saturday in what was one of the best games we’ve seen all year long. But they came up short and because of how the BCS system works, they will not be playing in a championship series bowl game. While it’s easy to hand down compliments when you’re sitting on top, Nick Saban is not happy that Georgia won’t be competing in a BCS Bowl.
“I’m going to tell you what, I think it’s a crying shame if Georgia doesn’t go to a BCS bowl,” said Saban, after he led his team to victory over the Bulldogs on Saturday. “They should get to go to a BCS bowl game. They played a tremendous game out there today … and could have won at the end just as soon as us. It came down to the last play. So, I mean, it’s just ridiculous.”
Again, it’s very easy and much more comfortable to make these kinds of comments when you know you’re not the one getting screwed, but it’s still not the worst thing in the world to hear an influential voice in college football bashing the authoritative system in place.
Then again, Saban is a head coach in the SEC so him lobbying hard for three SEC teams in the BCS is easily interpreted as a biased point of view.
“I watch these teams that are 7-5 that are talking about they might go to a BCS game because they won their championship?,” Saban asked incredulously. “Something’s not right here. I don’t know what people think of the SEC… . I just don’t think it’s fair to the Georgia players, coaches and their institution if they don’t go to a BCS game.”
All of this debate will sort of be squashed with the new playoff system that will begin in 2014, but even then the same system will be used to pick the top four teams in the country.
As for the Bulldogs, after the brutal battle on Saturday, Saban’s words are falling on deaf ears as the Bulldogs are looking ahead to their matchup against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl.