Alabama coach Nick Saban lamented what he feels is a quick turnaround from the College Football Playoff semifinal games to the championship game, saying that it's difficult to come off a bowl game with only seven days to prepare. "Someone has to think about the players," Saban said, "and not what's convenient for the media or TV." Saban said that it wasn't until after 1 a.m. that Alabama began packing up to leave the Allstate Sugar Bowl after beating Clemson 24-6, which meant that the team needed to spend the night in New Orleans and return to Tuscaloosa in the morning. If anything, Saban said he would like an extra travel day between the semis and the title game to account for the lost time.
Alabama's Nick Saban critical of College Football Playoff scheduling
ESPN | Jan 2