Alabama coach Nick Saban once again called for all Power Five teams to play at least 10 games against other Power Five programs, a desire that he has shared on multiple occasions throughout his college coaching career.
Saban spoke with ESPN on Friday and expanded on the subject, saying that he would prefer Alabama to beef up its own schedule even more than that.
"I've always said, 'Let's play all Power 5 games,'" Saban said. "I was in the NFL where we played all the games against NFL teams. But let's play at least 10 Power 5 games. It would be better for the players, better for the fans, and I think you wouldn't have to worry that if you lost a game that you wouldn't have as much of a chance to still be in [the College Football Playoff]. They talk about strength of schedule now, but how do you really evaluate that?"
This isn't the first time that Saban has called for bigger games outside of the conference schedule. He routinely lobbies for bigger nonconference games and a nine-game conference schedule.