New Alabama coach Nick Saban would like the Crimson Tide to schedule a game with Notre Dame sometime in the future:
Nick Saban admits some fans may think he’s crazy.
But the new University of Alabama football coach has a scheduling philosophy that he believes in. And it includes his team playing one big-time, high-interest intersectional game per year.
“I’d like to play Notre Dame,” Saban said during a question-and- answer period following Wednesday’s speech to a packed room of members of the Rotary Club of Birmingham. “We played them three times at Michigan State and beat them three times. That was a great national game, it creates fan interest and TV will always jump on those games.”
First off, of course Saban had to get his little “we beat them three times” line in reference to his wins over the Bob Davie led Irish. News flash Nick, that isn’t exactly an accomplishment worth bragging about. Hell, even Tyrone Willingham had a winning record vs. Davie.
Anyway, seeing Notre Dame and Alabama play would definitely quite a draw for TV ratings. The two storied programs had played just six times with Notre Dame being victorious in five of those contents including bowl wins in back to back seasons in ’73 and ’74 under Ara. The win in the 1973 Sugar Bowl gave Ara his second national championship and the win in the ’74 Orange Bowl over Bear Bryant’s Tide was Ara’s final game as the head coach for the Irish.
The only problem is that by the time a game between these two schools could be added to the schedule, Saban will be two or three jobs down the road so Notre Dame wouldn’t get a chance to dish out some revenge on Saban for the three losses while Bob Davie was playing head coach. It is what it is I guess.