South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier made some waves earlier in the week when he indicated that Alabama might be able to beat an NFL team.
“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.”
False, false, false.
The Tide are easily the best team in the nation as of right now, but let's be serious about this.
Adam Kramer puts it best in his piece regarding the absolute insanity of Spurrier's statement: this is a ridiculous conversation to be having.
What we really ought to be talking about is how badly this Alabama team is going to beat LSU at "Death Valley."
LSU fans, I know this is going to drive you crazy to hear, but the Tigers do not have the talent to compete with the Tide.
It's that simple.
Let's talk about this a bit, shall we?
Both teams have excellent defenses, Alabama ranking first in each of the four major defensive categories—rushing yards allowed, passing yards allowed, scoring defense and total yards allowed.
LSU is eighth, fourth, ninth and third in the same categories.
So there is obviously little difference between the defenses.
It's on offense where the big difference can be seen.
Alabama is averaging over 40 points per game, and continues to steam roll opponents with solid rushing and the most efficient passer in the nation, A.J. McCarron.
LSU, on the other hand, has an offense that appears to be trying to set back progress 40 years every time it takes the field.
Zach Mettenberger has not been the answer at quarterback, and Les Miles and his staff have yet to figure out that rushing the ball the majority of the time is fine and might, in fact, lead to more points for the Tigers.
This game is in "Death Valley," and LSU does not often lose there, especially at night. The Tigers are 36-1 in night games under Les Miles, and have won 22 consecutive games in Baton Rouge.
That said, this Alabama team is a whole different animal from any other competition that has visited this season, and Nick Saban's squad has been routinely crushing the will out of opponents.
The differences between the two teams will be highlighted in this contest, particularly the offenses.
Who ya got?
Alabama's, while effective, is not going to put up video-game like stats, and yet they are disciplined, exploit weaknesses and then make teams pay for those soft spots.
LSU, not so much.
The Tigers' offense has been inconsistent, troubling and even maddening for fans.
When these two meet tonight with so much on the line, expect 'Bama to remind us again why they are the top-ranked team in the nation.
Oh, and as for Spurrier, Mr. Doyel summed it up very well:
"The only way Alabama could beat an NFL team would be if Spurrier were coaching it." Giggle. bit.ly/QZbgbc— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelCBS) November 2, 2012