Nick Saban's Comments About Florida, BCS Bowl Berth Smack of Hypocrisy

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterNovember 27, 2012

Love it or hate it, the current BCS structure will exist through the end of next season.

Depending on the situation, coaches and teams can go back and forth on their feelings toward the BCS.

For proof, look no further than Alabama head coach Nick Saban.

With Florida sitting in the No. 4 spot in the latest BCS Standings, the loser of Saturday night's SEC Championship Game between No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia will likely fall behind the one-loss Gators in the final BCS Standings.

Essentially, the loser of the SEC Championship Game would be getting punished while Florida will be rewarded, despite not winning its division.

Saban isn't too high on the prospect of the loser getting jumped by Florida, according to the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post.

It’s not really a great scenario. You play your way into the (SEC) championship game, which means you’re the best team in your division. It doesn’t seem quite right, but it is what it is. I don’t really know what me commenting about it is going to do to change it. But I don’t feel good about it.


So Saban doesn't think it's right to play in the BCS this year without winning your division?

It didn't seem to be an issue last season, when his Crimson Tide played in the BCS National Championship Game.

The landscape of the college football postseason changes from year to year, but that's a incredibly hypocritical, don't you think?

Florida head coach Will Muschamp responded to Saban, according to the Post.

Well, I can switch and go to Atlanta if he doesn’t want to go to Atlanta and play (Georgia). Be careful what you ask for, Nick.


Florida may not carry the division title, but you could make the argument that the Gators have the best resume of any of the one-loss SEC teams, including the two playing under the big top on Saturday night in the Georgia Dome.

The Gators topped four teams in the current Top 13 of the BCS, including road wins over No. 9 Texas A&M and No. 13 Florida State.

The one hiccup is that loss to Georgia in the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, a game in which the Gators turned the ball over six times—including Jordan Reed's fumble on the goal line with 2:05 to play as he was headed into the end zone.

It's high risk, high reward. 

Alabama and Georgia played their way into the SEC Championship Game, and one will go on to bigger and better things. Most coaches—including Muschamp—would dream of such a scenario.

Florida earned a BCS bid this season, whether it wins its division or not.

Everyone plays by the same rules, and Saban's frustration is more related to the rule that limits each conference to two BCS spots, unless two non-conference champions from the same conference play in the BCS National Championship Game.

Coaches are self-serving, and there's nothing wrong with that. But Saban, a coach who loves to control the message, had to know how this quote would resonate nationally.

Considering the way Alabama secured its spot in the BCS National Championship Game last season, it resonates as incredibly hypocritical.