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Alabama coach Nick Saban would like a built-in travel day between the playoff semifinals and championship game. Georgia's Kirby Smart would like that possibility to be considered, also.
Saban grumbled about the turnaround time from Monday’s playoff games _ Georgia at the Rose Bowl and Alabama in the Sugar Bowl _ to next Monday’s national title game in Atlanta. He doesn’t necessarily think the games should be two weeks apart.
“If you’re asking me to make a comment about this turnaround, it’s very difficult to go from a bowl game and just have seven days to prepare,” he said on a media teleconference Tuesday. “They’re coming from the West Coast, we’re coming from New Orleans and then we’ve got to be someplace else on Friday.
“I think that some kind of way somebody's got to think about the players a little bit when it comes to these games and not just what's convenient for the media or TV or whatever.”
Saban said it’s different from the regular season when teams arrive on Friday and come home after the game. Returning home the next day, he said, cuts into preparation time.
“When you go to a bowl game and you’re there for a week, it’s really kind of hard to pack up everything and just leave at 1 o’clock in the morning to get home,” he said.
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Georgia had a much longer trip back from the overtime win over Oklahoma in Pasadena, California, though Alabama had the late game against Clemson.
Smart also noted that Georgia starts classes on Thursday. Classes start two days after the game at Alabama.
"It's tough on these players when you add in the fact that we start school earlier than anybody in the country, this week," Smart said.