Alabama’s Nick Saban calls for solution to college football’s lack of parity

When the college football season begins, it usually feels as if the team that wins the national championship will be one of just a handful of the 130 FBS teams. Nick Saban thinks that shouldn’t be the case.

Alabama’s head coach told SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum this week that he’d like to see college football get back to having more parity.

“Everything in college football has always had parity. Same scholarships, same academic support, healthcare, whatever it is. And I don’t think we have that balance right now, which could affect the parity of college football and college athletics as a whole,” Saban said. “I know we’ve got a lot of good people working on it and I’m sure they’ll come up with a good solution for us.”

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Saban has built a dynasty at Alabama since being hired in 2007. He has led the Crimson Tide to six national championships. During his tenure, Alabama has not gone more than three years without winning a title.

Saban has often been critical of the state of college football despite being the chief beneficiary of the lack of parity. He recently lamented the use of the transfer portal as a form of college football free agency, and he expressed concerns over name, image and likeness being used as a recruiting tool.

There is little Saban can reasonably do from his position. If he stops recruiting the top talent in the nation, one of the other powerhouse programs — Ohio State, Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma and the like — will add those five-star prospects.

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Parity has been a problem even with the College Football Playoff doubling the number of teams chosen to play for a national title to four from the two of the BCS era. Just 13 schools have reached the College Football Playoff in the eight years of its existence, and only six have reached the national championship game.

The BCS wasn’t much better for college football parity. Between 1998 and 2013, only 11 different schools won a title. 

The last school to earn its first consensus national championship in program history, per the NCAA’s designation, was Florida State in 1993, when it earned the first of its three national titles.

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