South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier delivered a soundbite that has fans and media discussing one of the age old questions that is frequently brought up in sports. Can a dominant College Football team defeat a lousy NFL team? In this case, Spurrier was referring to the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide when he said this on The Dan Patrick Show last week.
“Alabama, gosh, they look like they could beat a couple of those NFL teams that I’ve watched on Sundays.”
Don’t get me wrong, this Alabama squad is beastly, they have been the number one team in the BCS Rankings for ten weeks and Nick Saban definitely knows how to coach, but that is a ridiculous statement Mr. Spurrier.
Sure this Alabama team has at least a dozen future NFL players on their roster, but they couldn’t possibly compete with the speed and depth of a full 50 man NFL roster.
Let’s take a look at this bottom feeders of the NFL so far this season.
Kansas City Chiefs - Jamaal Charles would run wild on the Crimson Tide defense and Dwayne Bowe would be an impossible cover. Matt Cassell would actually win a game in this one.
Cleveland Browns – You know Trent Richardson would love to pound the rock down his Alma Mater’s throat. And no one is getting around offensive-tackle Joe Thomas.
Carolina Panthers – You think Cam Newton and Steve Smith would be denied in this game. Not happening.
New York Jets – Tim Tebow would love to get some revenge on Alabama after they denied him of a National Championship birth in his senior year as a Florida Gator. You think anyone is scoring on Antonio Cromartie? I think not.
But then there is the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Could the Jaguars score on Alabama? I don’t have much faith in Blaine Gabbert, and Justin Blackmon is failing to live up to his hype as a fifth overall draft pick.
Without Maurice Jones Drew, line-backer Nico Johnson and his Bama defense might be able to hang in there.
Just like the debate of Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson in their prime, we will never find out the winner as this game and that fight will never go down. It’s fun to speculate though.