Steve Spurrier is no stranger to saying crazy stuff, but this might take the cake.
Pause for emphasis...that's just crazy. Like, put-me-in-a-padded-room crazy.
It's common for coaches at all levels to wax poetic about their opponents before a game; no one wants to give the other team any unnecessary "bulletin-board material," but to suggest that a college team could compete in the NFL? Come on.
Taking nothing away from the Crimson Tide—they are, in fact, a very dominant college football program—but there's no way they'd even score against an NFL defense. None.
Alabama's offense has dominated opponents, but what NFL-caliber defenders has it played against? Michigan has no marquee draft prospects on defense. Arkansas and Tennessee are similar in that regard. Missouri and Mississippi State have one each that look like first-rounders, but one NFL-caliber player per team isn't an NFL defense.
Not only in terms of talent, but in terms of schematics. Gary Pinkel's Missouri Tigers aren't exactly a hotbed of defensive innovation.
Quarterback A.J. McCarron has never seen an advanced Cover 2 defense.
The Alabama offensive line, which does feature three surefire first-round prospects (Chance Warmack, Barrett Jones and D.J. Fluker), has never handled a stunt from a powerful defensive tackle.
Let's compare Alabama against the worst team in the NFL right now, the Kansas City Chiefs.
Does one really think Eddie Lacy would be able to break through a front seven featuring players who dominated the college ranks? Glenn Dorsey was damn-near Heisman worthy at LSU, and that was five offseasons of weight training ago. D.J. Fluker handling Tamba Hali and Justin Houston? Laughable.
The Alabama defense may be able to make a few plays—it features three first-round prospects and 11 draftable players—but their ability to stop an NFL offense is nonexistent. Even with a great tactician like Nick Saban calling the shots.
Again, using the Chiefs as our example, stopping Jamaal Charles isn't happening consistently. Even Matt Cassel would find openings against an Alabama secondary that has one quality NFL-level starter, Dee Milliner.
Could Alabama beat an NFL team?
Listen, Alabama is one hell of a football program for a college team, but to think it could score on an NFL defense is both comical and ignorant.
NFL players all dominated at the college level, and now that they're professionals, they've become stronger, smarter and better coached. College players are exciting and younger, but they aren't as trained or as strong.
Imagine what Glenn Dorsey or Jamaal Charles would do to a college opponent today. Now multiply that by 10 other starters on their side of the ball.
Steve Spurrier may have been trying to soften the inevitable blow the Crimson Tide would put on his Gamecocks, but his statement has no validity. And you shouldn't listen to anyone who says otherwise.