Alabama’s Recent Scheduling Could Suggest The School Believes The Playoff Is Going To 8 Teams

first_img 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 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)— 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. A closeup of Nick Saban wearing a headset.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.last_img read more