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Looking At Tide's Football Schedule

Nick Saban

A few years ago Alabama's football schedule included half a dozen SEC opponents who had been given open dates prior to playing the Crimson Tide. That prompted me to call a statistician friend to see what the odds of that might be. He told me he didn't even need to run the algorithms or whatever it is statistics people do. He said there was no chance such a schedule inequity could happen randomly.

I then called an SEC official to discuss the situation. "I assure you," he said – and I could visualize his arrogant sniff – "that we in the Southeastern Conference office do not have meetings to discuss ways to be unfair to The University of Alabama." I thought that perhaps he had not been included in all the meetings. Today there is a perception that Alabama has been given a break in its SEC...

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