Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide sit atop the college football world and, as a result of their massive success, the program can basically do whatever it wants from a scheduling perspective. Alabama always draws eyeballs and the Tide have been featured in quite a few neutral site match-ups in recent years, usually against top-flight opponents.
With that said, Saban is now openly considering significant changes to Alabama’s future scheduling and he shared his thoughts with AL.com about moving away from neutral sites in favor of home-and-home setups.
“I would like to do that. We played Penn State home-and-home when I was here. And it was a good game here. It was a good game there. Great crowd and all that. It’s better for our fans if we play at home. I get that. But playing in these sort of games has helped us to play a better team, even though it’s at a neutral site, and it gained tremendous exposure for the program early on.
“But Greg Byrne and I met about doing this in the future where we have some home-and-homes with some teams every now and then so we’re not always playing in one of these neutral-site games to start the season.”
College football is always tremendous when played on campuses, but at the same time, the home-and-home model could conceivably take away a matchup like this season’s opener between Alabama and Florida State. In short, it is just harder to coordinate two dates rather than one, but if Saban has his mind set on this, it seems safe to assume that Alabama will be exploring it fully down the road.