At some point every college football season, the same question emerges: could a college football team (usually Alabama) beat an NFL team?

Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl took that idea one step further Wednesday during his appearance at SEC Basketball Media Days.

As hyperbolic as it sounds, there are a few numbers to back up Pearl’s claim.

Six of the seven SEC West teams were ranked in this week’s AP Top 25 — No. 1 Alabama, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 17 Arkansas, No. 21 Auburn, No. 23 Ole Miss and No. 25 LSU. The AFC South, meanwhile, includes only one team above .500, the Houston Texans.