University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban is the only Southeastern Conference coach in favor of a nine-game conference schedule. But increasing the conference schedule by one game seems imminent for the teams in college football's best conference, whether the other 13 coaches like it or not.
Saban must see something down the road that his peers don't, because he is adamant about the change. But as for now, the Crimson Tide are faced with eight conference opponents per regular season, and they seem to have fared well with the current layout.
However, if the traditional way of doing things were to change, Alabama might reap the benefits for a variety of reasons.
Here we break down the top three reasons why the Crimson Tide would benefit from a nine-game SEC schedule.