So, I receive this email from Pregame.com’s RJ Bell, detailing some conversations he has had lately in Las Vegas regarding the BCS Championship’s possible teams. He also helped, hopefully, paint the picture that the “Alabama could beat an NFL team” talk is insane — as it always is anytime somebody dumbly suggests that a college program could compete in the pros.
“After talking to numerous bookmakers, the latest Vegas consensus is . . .
- If Oregon played Alabama on a neutral field, Oregon would be a 6-point underdog.
- If Kansas State played Alabama on a neutral field, Kansas State would be a 10-point underdog.
- If Notre Dame played Alabama on a neutral field, Irish would be a 13-point underdog.
- If Alabama played the worst NFL team (currently Jacksonville) on a neutral field, Alabama would be a 24-point underdog!”
Yes, that’s right. A team currently featuring Blaine Gabbert, Rashad Jennings, Cecil Shorts and maybe the no-name-iest of all no-name defenses (Jeremy Mincey, Austen Lane, Julian Stanford, etc.) would be a full three-touchdown (along with 2-pt conversions) favorite.
If that’s not enough to prove that even the best college teams don’t belong in any pro talk, remember, Kansas City Chiefs fans, Javier Arenas’ Crimson Tide bio described him in 2009 as “one of the most dangerous return men in the country and a shutdown cornerback.”