Are You Ready For Alabama Vs… The Jaguars?
A national discussion has begun today regarding who would win between Alabama (college football’s best team) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (the NFL’s worst team). Here’s what some people are saying:
This BLEW UP today: Alabama 24-point underdog vs worst NFL team. So far, half want the points, half want to lay it.
— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) November 1, 2012
Alabama would be a 24-point underdog to the JAGUARS (on a neutral field) per @rjinvegas. So stop throttling that dead horse
— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) November 1, 2012
— Jason McIntyre (@TheBigLead) November 1, 2012
Mike Golic talking about if Alabama could beat worse NFL team, says Jacksonville would put 30-40 points on Bama’s No 1 defense
— Mike Humes (@MikeHumesESPN) November 1, 2012
@mikehumesespn They sure could beat Jacksonville.
— Fishtaco (@FishtacoSC) November 1, 2012
@ptisfly Alabama could beat the Jaguars. Exactly what do the Jaguars have that Alabama doesn’t, besides age/experience?
— Dam (@DamStone) November 1, 2012
Alabama vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars is the dumbest argument I’ve ever heard. Someone make it go away, please.
— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) November 1, 2012
It’s a coincidence that this is just coming out now – my buddy and I recently had the same argument.
He said Alabama could compete, I said no way. Alabama’s defense last season was considered one of the better defenses in recent memory in college football. The Tide had four defensive players go in the first two rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft, and two more go in the later rounds. So theoretically they had six NFL-caliber players on their defense. All of those guys will have to fight for playing time, especially the late round guys.
Also, the drafted players are a year removed from college football, meaning they’ll be in better shape (especially when they get on NFL training programs) than they were in college. Therefore, we can assume that NFL rookies are already more advanced than even the best seniors in college football. Not even considering the veterans of the league, NFL teams already have the advantage in that sense.
Also, what about the guys on the Alabama defense that weren’t drafted? A couple may be picked up in the upcoming draft, but then there are others that will never play football after graduating. Plus, you need to think about special teams. NFL teams have great athletes who are on the team just for punt coverage or kick return. College teams use back-ups. Huge disparity there.
Alabama’s best offensive player last season was Trent Richardson. We’ve seen him run behind the Browns line against NFL teams with some success; but how do you think he would have fared against an NFL defense with Alabama’s offensive line, especially since Alabama had little success throwing the ball last season? Alabama could barely score against LSU last season. Its offense may be improved this season, but not that dramatically. I doubt they’d get past midfield versus any NFL defense.
I could go on and on, but I agree with @DamStone; it’s a dumb argument and the answer is clear.