Saban says all conferences should have title game like SEC's
Alabama coach Nick Saban enjoys the competitiveness and atmosphere surrounding the SEC championship game so much, he said every conference should have a similar event.
"I think it's something that all conferences should do, have two divisions playing a game like this,'' Saban said. "I think it's the passion that people have in our league. Atlanta makes it a tremendous venue. The dome is a great atmosphere to play in. You're going to play a team that's in the Top 10 for sure. In this case we're playing in the top 3 or 4. Every game that we've had there when they played Tennessee there, they were No. 2. When we played Georgia there, they might have been 6 or 7. You know, it's a great competitive game, they're always going to have two great teams, it's a great atmosphere, and it means something.''
CBS executives are downright giddy about the opportunity to televise No. 1 vs. No. 2 in what many are calling a "de-facto' national championship semifinal.
"We're obviously delighted to have what we think is the first BCS semifinal that's been played, where either team has a chance to go the championship game,'' said Michael Aresco, executive VP of programming for CBS. . . . There's almost never been a year when (this game) didn't have national championship implications, but this year is extraordinary.''
If you're playing in a National Championship game it means something, but winning the SEC means something, and this game means something as well. I think that's what makes it such a great competitive venue.