Ah, time to dig up this mindless debate once more: The debate over whether it really is possible for a really, really good college football team to beat a really, really bad NFL team.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, speaking on the Dan Patrick Show this week, said he believed that Nick Saban's current Crimson Tide team is so good that it could probably beat "a couple" of the NFL's weaker squads (looking at you, Chiefs/Jags/Browns).
Said Spurrier: "[Alabama looks] like they could beat a couple of those NFL teams that I've watched on Sundays. I think a lot of the oddsmakers out there that usually know what's going on, I'd guess that Alabama would be favored a little bit."
It may have been a mindless, harmless passing remark. It may have been Spurrier being Spurrier--hyping up the Tide enough to set them up for a big fall. I mean, the latter is certainly a possibility, as few coaches in recent memory have enjoyed gamesmanship more than the Ball Coach.
That being said, the assertion is ridiculous.
Yes, the Tide are fantastic. And yes, they are very likely the best team in college football ... by a wide margin.
But the fact remains that even the most awful NFL team (and I am well-acquainted with teams of that vintage, as I grew up in Cleveland) is stocked with players who were stars and/or physical standouts at the college level. In essence, every NFL team is a college all-star team. No college team, even a team as good (and as well coached) as Alabama, would even stand a chance.
And yeah, that's coming from me, a guy who makes no bones about the fact that I enjoy the college game more (but that's a debate for another time).
In other words, let us move on, shall we? There's nothing to see here. - Tim Hyland
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