Scott Frost supports an 8-team playoff

Frost, the reigning Coach of the Year, would like to see the playoff field expand. Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Frost knows firsthand just how tough the College Football Playoff can be to teams outside the Power 5 conferences. Last season he was the head coach at UCF, which got left out of the playoff despite being unbeaten. They proved how good they are with a win over Auburn in the Peach Bowl. Even though he’s now at a major school in Nebraska, Frost thinks college football should expand the playoff to include eight teams instead of its current four.

“Right now there’s a system in place that crowns the national championship,” Frost told Mike Bianchi during a radio interview on 96.9 The Game in Orlando on Thursday. “I think that system is better than it was when I was in college and two great teams still couldn’t play each other. … I really think an eight-team system with maybe five conference champions and three at-large teams would open up the door for a team like UCF or any other team that has a great year to get in.

“Sports is the best when you can decide these things on the field.”

Like Frost said, the college football postseason has made significant improvements over time. It wasn’t that long ago where due to the bowl system, it was tough to get the two best teams to face each other in the postseason. There was the BCS, and now there’s the playoff, which features four teams.

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Greg McElroy: Auburn would have beaten UCF for national title

McElroy, to no surprise, thinks highly of his alma mater versus the upstarts. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy threw more cold water on the UCF party.

The SEC Network analyst was on ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM on Monday and talked about UCF, which is still celebrating their “national championship” for going 13-0 despite not winning the College Football Playoff. McElroy says that if a national title were on the line, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and even Auburn would have beaten UCF.

“Alabama would dust (UCF),” he said, via AL.com. “So would Clemson. So would Georgia. So would all those teams. They would dust Central Florida if a national championship was on the line.

“And you know what? Auburn would to.”

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Ex-Alabama QB: Pruitt ‘scares me more at Tennessee than Kirby does at Georgia’

Pruitt is going to make a grand impact in Knoxville according to a former Alabama quarterback. Caitie McMekin-USA TODAY Sports

After a whirlwind of moves for Tennessee football in the past year, the Volunteers finally settled on a head coaching hire in former Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Pruitt is one of many former Alabama assistants to land notable head-coaching gigs, including Kirby Smart at Georgia and Jimbo Fisher, now at Texas A&M.

There has been a lot of hype surrounding the Pruitt hire and what he will bring to the table, and former SEC quarterbacks are starting to notice the upside.

“He scares me more at Tennessee than Kirby does at Georgia,” former Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson said, via CBS Sports. “Georgia is going to be good, but down the road, Jeremy scares me more than Kirby does at Georgia.

“I just think as a head coach, not only recruiting but bringing in other coaches, having a good staff … we haven’t seen Tennessee be really good in 10 years,” Wilson said. “His ability to get them back, he’s got a higher ceiling than Georgia does. And I know the recruiting [Georgia] can do just an hour down the road in Atlanta is pretty strong.

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Paul Finebaum thinks Dabo Swinney is ‘only person’ who can replace Nick Saban

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There’s no indication that Alabama coach Nick Saban is going anywhere anytime soon, but ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum thinks there’s only one person who can replace him when that time comes.

Finebaum thinks Clemson’s Dabo Swinney ticks all the boxes Alabama would be looking for, and that as it stands, he’s the only option for the Crimson Tide when the 66-year-old Saban ultimately calls it a day.

“Who knows when Saban’s day will come, but I’m going to put a couple chips down on the long-shot now,” Finebaum told The RoundTable on JOXFM, via Brad Crawford of 247 Sports. “It’s no longer off the board. I saw it. His wife grew up in Alabama. His family is from Alabama. That will be a fascinating gravitational pull when Alabama calls and says, ‘OK, Dabo. It’s time to come home.’ I don’t know if it’s as absolute as it was a couple months ago.

“I’m probably going to upset somebody here, but you get right down to it, it’s Alabama versus Clemson. It’s no contest. If you’re thinking about, ‘OK, where do I really want to be long-term,’ and I think because he’s from Alabama, I’m going to keep pushing that ball up the hill. And the fact that he’s already won that championship … Nobody wants to replace Saban — it’s an impossible task, but I will say this, before anyone says it’s impossible to replace Nick Saban, I think the only person who can replace Nick Saban is Dabo Swinney.”

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Watch: Jalen Hurts nearly nailed by foul ball at Alabama softball game

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Rushing defender or a foul ball. Both could hurt all the same. Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts saw his life flash before his eyes while watching Alabama’s softball game against Tennessee on Monday.

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Nick Saban was ‘not disappointed’ in Jalen Hurts’ play in spring game

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Nick Saban was not disappointed with Jalen Hurts after Alabama’s spring game on Saturday despite some thoughts to the contrary.

Hurts was 19 for 37 with 195 yards and an interception against the first-team defense. He also rushed for 33 yards.

A video began circulating online that showed Saban seemingly expressing frustration with Hurts for scrambling on a play rather than trying to pass. Here’s the video:

After the game, Saban made it clear that he was not disappointed with Hurts.

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