Via the Dan Patrick show and PFT, Steve Spurrier says something relatively crazy:
“Alabama, gosh, they look like they could beat a couple of those NFL teams that I’ve watched on Sundays,” Spurrier said. “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.”
Keep in mind Steve Spurrier’s dog is named hyperbole, but it’s always fun to deal with meaningless hypotheticals. Last year Charles Barkley — well versed in the Spurrier school of professional bullshittery — said the University of Kentucky Wildcats would beat the Toronto Raptors.
So let’s take a shot. From least likely to likely, the top five.
5. New Orleans Saints
As I mentioned earlier this morning, scoring points against the Saints defense is not difficult. I could see AJ McCarron, T.J. Yeldon and Eddie Lacy putting up a 15 spot on Joe Vitt’s crew of retreads. Problem is Drew Brees & Co. would score 60 points on the ‘Bama defense. Verdict: No chance
4. Cleveland Browns
Considering Brandon Weeden was already five years older than everyone else during his stint at Oklahoma State it’s possible the Crimson Tide would be able to lock down the Browns QB. Trent Richardson is only one year removed from college, how much better could he really be? Unfortunately, the Browns defense is actually pretty damn good. McCarron would get pummeled. Browns win 7-6 — their new favorite scoreline. Verdict: Extremely improbable
3. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers don’t run the ball effectively, they can’t defend and Ron Rivera may be the worst game caller in the league — an impressive feat considering the abundance of horrible coaches in the NFL. I still believe Cam Newton wins this game by himself in spite of how bad the Panthers have been this year. Verdict: Cam says no
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Blaine Gabbert looked like a decent NFL Quarterback against the Packers last week. The Jags, however, are still terrible. 32nd in passing, 27th in rushing , 23rd in opposing passing yards and 25th in opposing rushing yards. If this game is played in Tuscaloosa it’s a 50/50 toss up. Verdict: I believe
1. Kansas City Chiefs
This may be the match up Spurrier was referring to in regards to his oddsmakers quip. Brady Quinn is concussed and Matt Cassel is mentally destroyed. It’s possible Nick Saban’s team faces a Ricky Stanzi led Chiefs offense that refuses to give Jamaal Charles the carries he deserves. Dwyane Bowe may not be in Kansas City after tomorrow and the defense — well the defense continues to suck. Again, if this game is played in Tuscaloosa I’m giving even odds. Verdict: Stranger things have happened
In all seriousness the likelihood Spurrier is blowing smoke is extremely high. With that said, the SEC is basically the NFL’s AAA. Personally, Kansas City – Alabama on Thursday night would do way better ratings wise than tomorrow night’s abomination.
What do you think — is it possible?