Bama opponents can't bye a win
The bad news for Alabama rivals, the 'bye week advantage' isn't one at all
Alabama heads into the South Carolina game this weekend firing on all cylinders. A thrilling win at Arkansas was followed up with an absolute demolition of the Florida Gators in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide aren't just in the driver's seat for a BCS national championship game. They appear to have lapped the field.
Perhaps the only thing standing in their way is a factor beyond their control. Much has been made in the offseason about the scheduling quirk that will pit Alabama against opponents coming off of a bye weekend six times this season. Coach Nick Saban even addessed the peculiarity in his press conference on Monday, claiming Alabama researched the win/loss records of SEC teams after bye weekends. According to Saban, those teams went 29-29 in the last five years. Is there no advantage to having an extra week to prepare? Is there a possible disadvantage to having the extra time off?
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Brian FremeauESPN Insider
• Creator of the Fremeau Efficiency Index (FEI), a measure of college football team efficiency
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