It is an age old question that football fans have considered throughout time. Could the best college football team defeat the worst NFL team? The question has been posed on countless occasions, with fans and media members alike wondering what would happen if some of the greatest college football teams in recent memory, including squads from the Miami Hurricanes, LSU Tigers, Nebraska Cornhuskers, USC Trojans and Alabama Crimson Tide could have beaten NFL teams who suffered through horrendous seasons, such as the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns.
While we will never get to see how this scenario would play out, not even in an exhibition game, it has not stopped people from play the “what if” game.
That includes South Carolina Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier and Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.
I should explain that these two have not challenged each other. We will not see Connor Shaw and the Gamecocks against Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks. It cannot happen. These are not even the teams that either coach is discussing. Spurrier is touting another team from the SEC that his Gamecocks will not have the luxury of facing this season.
The defending BCS Champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide. And in all likelihood, he is not talking about them being able to knock off the Seahawks. But that is not to say that Spurrier does not believe that the Tide could not defeat another NFL team.
Spurrier was talking about the Crimson Tide on The Dan Patrick Show. He made the following comments about his fellow SEC mates.
“Alabama, gosh, they look like they could beat a couple of those NFL teams that I’ve watched on Sundays. 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.”
Spurrier coached in the NFL with the Washington Redskins. It did not go well. To rebuke his statements, Carroll – who coached at USC [Southern Cal, not South Carolina] – said it would never happen.
“The falsehood is to think that could ever take place. It isn’t even close,” Carroll said at a press conference. “Alabama has a great team, and Nick [Saban] is a fantastic coach. But when you match up the interior lines against a regular NFL team, on either side of the ball, it wouldn’t even be close. Most of [Saban's] guys are going to play in the NFL. Most of our guys [at USC] were winding up having the chance to play. But the time that you play them, when they’re still in college, they’re not ready for it, in my opinion. I used to say, ‘Don’t kid yourself. There ain’t no way.’”
Obviously, we will never find out what would happen if the best team in college football – and perhaps one who is more experienced than most with more seniors – took on the worst team in the NFL – one with a lot of rookies starting on the roster.
But it is still fun to think about anyway.
If this were to ever happen, which college football team would you feel would have the greatest chance at defeating an NFL team, and which one would it be?
Feel free to discuss.