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Nick Saban ripped Alabama students for not watching a blowout

The Alabama Crimson Tide have rolled through their schedule after five weeks with no opponent coming within 23 points. This past Saturday, Alabama entered its game against Louisiana-Lafayette as 49-point favorites. It went on to win, 56-14.

Yet, head coach Nick Saban wasn’t thrilled with the student-section turnout. Huge sections of the student section were empty throughout the game with people electing to spend their Saturday outside Bryant–Denny Stadium rather than watch a sure blowout win.

On Wednesday, Saban went off on those students — and even implied that student-section seats could be decreased if the poor turnout continued. It was a classic Saban rant in every sense.

While Saban had a point that the student turnout was bad — it was — Alabama doesn’t necessarily boast an enticing home non-conference schedule. It’s difficult to get excited about non-conference games against Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette and the Citadel when you’re an Alabama student (or, really, anyone who watches college football).

If Saban wants a packed and raucous Bryant–Denny Stadium for non-conference games, scheduling a few Power 5 home games would be a good place to start.

As of now, Alabama won’t play a non-conference game against a Power 5 opponent until it faces Texas in 2023.

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