By Danny Cox
University of South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier believes that the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team is good. He believes they are very good. In fact, he believes they are so good that they could possibly beat some NFL teams if they were to play them on the field.
“Alabama, gosh, they look like they could beat a couple of those NFL teams that I’ve watched on Sundays,” Spurrier said Wednesday on “The Dan Patrick Show.” “I think a lot of the oddsmakers out there that usually know what’s going on, I’d guess Alabama would be favored by a little bit.”
Number one ranked Alabama is set to travel to Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Saturday to face off with number five LSU. That is no easy accomplishment by any stretch of the imagination.
Last year, the Tigers and Tide split games. LSU won in a game of field goals in the regular season. Still, it was Alabama that won when it truly counted by shutting out LSU in the BCS National Championship Game.
Spurrier may be a little off in his idea that Alabama would be favored against some NFL teams though. RJ Bell of Pregame.com decided to see how it would be if Alabama was pitted up against the 1-6 Jacksonville Jaguars on a neutral field, and it wasn’t very much in the favor of the Crimson Tide.
Alabama would actually be 24-point underdogs.
The thing is, Alabama has a deep talent pool and has ever since head coach Nick Saban showed up on campus. Last season alone, there were four first-round picks in the NFL Draft. Everything is there for the argument of how Alabama would fend against some NFL teams, but that is just what it would be…an argument.
Seattle Seahawks, and former USC Trojans, coach Pete Carroll doesn’t quite see the same thing in Alabama that Spurrier does.
“I was confronted with that at times [at USC] and the falsehood is to think that that could ever take place,” Carroll said Wednesday at his weekly news conference. “It ain’t even close. Alabama’s got a great team and Nick is a fantastic coach, but when you match up the interior lines against regular NFL teams on either side of the ball, it wouldn’t even be close.”
Carroll was no slouch as a coach in the college ranks so he has all the right in the world to speak on the subject at hand.
While at USC, Carroll won national titles in both 2003 and again in 2004. The 2004 title has since been vacated due to violations in NCAA football, but it still technically happened. With as much talent as Carroll had on his USC squads, it appears as if he doesn’t believe that a college team could ever hold their own against an NFL squad.
The NFL and the NCAA are two completely different beasts. Looking at research and studies, less than three percent of college football players end up going pro. All of those that are on an NFL team deserve to be there and had to fight to be there.
That exact same thing can be said for college football teams, but there is a larger percentage of high school players landing on college squads. It would be interesting and Alabama may make it seem competitive at times, but they most likely would not be able to defeat, or even really hang with, and NFL team.
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