If there are eight teams selected, it completely changes. Multiple two-loss teams will likely be included, and big non-conference wins will likely matter more. Which could explain why Alabama has now scheduled home-and-homes with Texas, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Notre Dame and Oklahoma over the next 15 years.Pat Dooley of GatorSports.com thinks it could imply that Alabama is playing the long game, assuming the playoff expands:More evidence that smart ads think there will be eight game playoff at some point (and that fans can’t take too many more Towsons and western Carolinas) https://t.co/V6tMzjotjQ— Pat Dooley (@pat_dooley) July 29, 2019The playoff isn’t likely to expand in the next few years. But by the time these games roll around? It’s very possible. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see how many of them head coach Nick Saban is still around for.The 2019 college football season kicks off on August 24 when Miami takes on Florida. NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Monday, Alabama football announced yet another big-time future home-and-home. The Crimson Tide will head to Wisconsin in 2024 and host the Badgers in 2025.The past few years, Alabama has actually been criticized for its perceived weak out-of-conference scheduling. But it seems like the school’s brass may be changing the way they operate. There could be a reason.The College Football Playoff currently sits at four teams, though many expect it to expand at some point in the future. If it does, it could shift the strategy that big schools employ as they attempt to get their teams into the event.Right now, almost every team in the country has a very small margin of error if it wants to be included. If you’re an Alabama, an Ohio State, a Clemson, an Oklahoma, etc., you might be able to lose one game and sneak in. But no two-loss team has ever gotten into the event.
“Government will be watching the way the industry responds, including the amount of storage being drawn down and the amount of oil nominated and apportioned on Enbridge (export pipelines) to help understand when and if the curtailment levels should be adjusted,” Dykstra said.The province said last month it would make “temporary adjustments” to January curtailment orders following criticism from some companies — including major producers Suncor Energy Inc. and Husky Energy Inc. — that said their levels had been set unfairly high or that they had concerns about employee safety and the long-term stability of their resources due to curtailing.Dykstra said those reductions have not significantly impacted the overall reduction target.Oilsands producer Pengrowth Energy Corp. used unspecified “options” provided by the government to reduce the cuts it was ordered to make, said spokesman Tom McMillan on Wednesday.“We feel the ministry has been fairly responsive in addressing some of those unintended consequences,” he said.“This all happened very quickly and so we’re still in the process of working through what it means for the industry. There are still a lot of unanswered questions.”He says better prices are helping Pengrowth’s bottom line but he still hopes the cutbacks end as soon as possible.PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. is also benefiting from higher prices, said CEO Andrew Phillips, noting it hasn’t had to make curtailments because it produces less than 10,000 bpd of oil.“Four Fridays ago, at the bottom, we had bitumen effectively trading at US$6 a barrel — we had WCS in the low teens,” he said.“And WCS two Fridays later, after the announcement of the curtailments, was at US$40.”The company holds petroleum mineral rights on millions of hectares in the four western provinces and earns a percentage of production from any wells drilled on those lands. CALGARY — Crude oil prices in Western Canada remained elevated on Wednesday, the day after provincially mandated oil production curtailments came into force, but a government spokesman says it’s too early to say how long the program will remain in place.The difference between Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend heavy oil and New York-traded West Texas Intermediate oil prices was about US$12.50 per barrel on Wednesday afternoon, according to Calgary oil brokerage Net Energy, an improvement over the US$17.52 per barrel average for spot contracts for January delivery signed last month.The WCS-WTI discount peaked at more than US$52 a barrel in October, a level at which the province estimated it was costing the Canadian economy more than $80 million per day. Steep discounts on this ‘forgotten commodity’ is costing Canada $23 million a day In 2018 oil went from portfolio stalwart to portfolio destroyer. Can it recover in 2019? ‘A made-in-Canada crisis’: How political stumbles, savvy activists brought the oilpatch to its knees But it recovered to traditional norms in the mid-teens or better after Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced Dec. 2 that the province would impose curtailments of 325,000 barrels per day as of Jan. 1 to relieve a glut of oil in Western Canada and free up export pipeline space.The program, designed to remove about 8.7 per cent of total Alberta production from the market, was to remain in place for about three months and then be lowered to about 95,000 bpd through the rest of 2019.A total of 25 companies that each produce more than 10,000 barrels of oil per day in Alberta have been asked to cut production, confirmed government spokesman Matt Dykstra in an email on Wednesday.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced Dec. 2 that the province would impose curtailments of 325,000 barrels per day as of Jan. 1 to relieve a glut of oil in Western Canada and free up export pipeline space. Ben Nelms/Bloomberg