Published November 1, 2012 - 8:30am
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Steve Spurrier is known to speak his mind and test the wits and souls of anyone who will listen and talk about it. Guilty as charged. Even now, he’s testing the boundaries of rationality by suggesting that Alabama could not just compete against NFL teams, but he thinks they could actually knock off a couple NFL bottom feeders.
“Alabama, gosh, they look like they could beat a couple of those NFL teams that I’ve watched on Sundays,” Spurrier told “The Dan Patrick Show” on Wednesday. “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.”
I assume Spurrier was talking about Bama matching up with an NFL team for one game, not a complete season. He knows first-hand how much different the pro game is from college every Sunday, and any NFL teams would likely beat the best college team at will each week.
However, for one game, it sure would be fun to watch unfold.
The college and the NFL games don’t exist on the same physical plane, though. The pounding these players in the NFL take day-in and day-out is a totally different game than what’s played in college.
It reminds me of ‘Daddy strength’. No matter how much bigger or stronger you are than your dad, he will always win in a fight and a wrestling match because he has man strength. College players are still young men who are developing their bodies. NFL players are grown ass men ready to pound you into the dirt. There’s a difference.
It’s easy for Nick Saban to eliminate Denard Robinson, Tim Tebow or one playmaker on another team from the game plan, but when there’s a quarterback, two running backs and three receivers who would all be worthy of being double-teamed in college, there’s too much talent on the field.
Spurrier was no doubt pointing his finger towards Kansas City and Jacksonville as the bottom feeders of the NFL in its current state.
To stay unbeaten in college for the entire season – what Alabama is planning on doing – is oh-so tough, but the NFL game is just a brutally physical game that is just on another level.
But it would be fun to watch for one game.
If Bama played the worst NFL team (currently Jaguars) on neutral field, Tide would be a 24-pt underdog, per @rjinvegas
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) November 1, 2012