Heath Evans would take Alabama or Oregon plus the points

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This week’s most unusual story line emerged spontaneously and unexpectedly from an interview of South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier by Dan Patrick.  Spurrier, as in an effort as Patrick surmised to tweak Alabama coach Nick Saban, said that the Crimson Tide could roll over an NFL team.

The remark sparked a multi-day debate on the topic.  But it’s a stretch to actually call it a debate, because no one was willing to take the position that a college team could beat a pro team — or that a college team could even cover the 24-point spread that was hypothetically installed for a game that would never be anything more than hypothetical.

NFL Network’s Heath Evans, however, would take the points — for Alabama or another high-profile college football powerhouse.

“I mean, honestly with a 24 point spread, it would be hard to bet against Nick [Saban],” Evans told ESPN 760 in West Palm Beach, Florida.  “It really would.  I could say that it’d be hard to bet against Oregon too.  With Oregon’s offense, if you had a week to game plan for it, guys aren’t in good enough shape to play that offense.  Defensively speaking, from an NFL team playing Oregon’s offense, I’d take Oregon at that as well as I’d take Alabama.”

Here’s your chance to chime in.  Cast a vote in the poll and elaborate in the comments.

46 responses to “Heath Evans would take Alabama or Oregon plus the points

  1. 2 points to make:

    1) Nick Saban was a failure as an NFL coach.

    2) You see how a rookie performs in his first NFL season? Now imagine an entire team of them, some not even worthy of being in the NFL, and picture them playing against ANY NFL team. Not pretty.

    The Chiefs, Jags, or Bills would put up unreal numbers against any NCAA team.

  2. “I mean, honestly with a 24 point spread, it would be hard to bet against Nick [Saban]”

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    Millions of bettors did just that – bet against Saban – last time he was in the NFL. And now you’d bet on him, with kids? Brilliant.

  3. i saw evans on one of his first debates on the nfl network and he was arguing with michael lombardi… let’s just say it made evans look incredibly poor. lombardi made evans look so bad i felt bad for him.

  4. The pro game is way too fast for either team. It would be like a high school team vs a pop warner team. Someone has bumped their head…all the way down the stairs.

  5. Watching LSU and Alabama right now….there is no way Bama’s OL could stop a NFL defensive front and no way their linebackers and secondary could stop an average pro team’s WR/TE packages. The only thing that could happen would be Dan Snyder being stupid enough to give a college coach $5 million a year.

  6. You know how players always talk about things to get them motivated? This game would never happen because the NFL players would literally try and kill the college players on the field. Every play would end the same exact way. “THIS IS MY HOUSE!”

  7. Nick can’t coach pro’s but he can coach these “KiDS” and almost all the skilled positions will be in the league, so your telling me the Jags( with MJD) would roll them? Bama has more future pro bowlers then The jags And there not even in the league

  8. I experienced the jump from high school to college football as a player, & I was blown away…literal men against boys. The difference was amazing & overwhelming(pause…)It was Division III. It would be inhumane to whichever college.

  9. Well I picked for both teams, and I would bet $10,000 on a 2 team parlay to make extra money. But if this is a fantasy bet then I’m only doing it if I get to run the teams and play with the points on the board, not like the teams would do if they were playing a normal game trying to win. It’s a more likely proposition if the name of the game is to cover the spread than to win the game.

    So I’m in on the parlay bet if it’s for covering the spread to win rather than the teams trying to win straight up with the points in hand. Otherwise I wouldn’t make the bet.

  10. If you just looked at the trenches alone a college team’s o-line and d-line would get murdered, I can see a guy like Justin Houston owning DJ Fluker in a one-on-one matchup if the Chiefs played Alabama(hell I could see him having his way with Barrett Jones), you also have to take account QB’s facing an NFL defense, a college DB trying to cover an NFL receiver

    I don’t see how anyone could think that matchup would even be competitive

  11. Might be because Heath Evans plays for the NFL version of the Oregon Ducks…all offense, no defense.

  12. Heath is an idiot. Watching him on NFL network is laughable at best. He is always pushing the run on teams that DO NOT need it. Run the ball to keep a defense honest. Other than that welcome to 2012. Spread the field and launch that football. Win or lose it is much more fun to watch.

  13. If anyone thinks a bunch pf 19-20 year olds could EVEN COME CLOSE to a bunch of 25-30 years old veterans have NO CLUE! Any NFL team would be up by 6 td’s at halftime!

  14. A team of 8 or so professional players (and rookies at that) vs a team of 53 professional players…why is there even this debate?

    Keep in mind that all NFL players would have been in the top 5-10 players on their college team, now put that up against the Alabama roster where they have some players on their roster who will turn out to have been just really good high school players.

  15. You can put the NFL’s worst players together to still dominate ANY college team! *Jamarcus Russell creeps into the room*

  16. Heath…come on man. What ever NFL defense either offence lines up against those WR will look like Robin Williams in The Best of Times. They will never get off the line. Not to mention the linemen would be grossly out sized.

  17. edhochuli says:
    Nov 3, 2012 10:16 PM
    2 points to make:

    1) Nick Saban was a failure as an NFL coach.

    2) You see how a rookie performs in his first NFL season? Now imagine an entire team of them, some not even worthy of being in the NFL, and picture them playing against ANY NFL team. Not pretty.
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    One of the best points I’ve read on here in quite a while.

  18. This is insane to even suggest. The lineman in the NFL are on a whole other level, and even Matt Cassel would EASILY shred the best college secondary. Heath Evans is taking the contradictory road to try and sound like the smartest man in the room. Rediculous …

  19. Even more evidence that this guy (Evans) is a complete joke and how in the heck does the NFLN or ESPN for that matter keep hiring these guys???

    Besides, he went to Auburn – enough said.

  20. I don’t car how good a college freak is, theres no way they’re beating a nfl team. Even the 0-16 lions from few years back would destroy any college team. The game is just way too fast and the rules are different. Even the best two QBs from this past draft notice the difference from college play to nfl play, you have to be an idiot to think otherwise.

  21. I would love to see this happen. Every idiot SEC fan would bet their life savings on the college team. Meanwhile, us northern NFL fans would gladly take their money. For once, the red states would actually be giving money to the blue states.

    In a related story, Heath Evans must have forgotten his comments to a Miami sports radio show just 8 months ago when he slammed Nick Saban. http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/12/09/2538616/former-miami-dolphin-heath-evans.html

  22. Heath Evans is an idiot who says what’s controversial to try to be considered a real NFL expert trying far too hard to play the bad guy role for TV debate, he was a washed up FB that was lucky enough to end up playing a bit role with the Pats for a couple of years all his nonsense and quotes on the air are all borrowed from Belichick …..

  23. i’m sorry but have you ever looked at some of these college teams? the old miami teams or more recent florida teams? they not only were filled with nfl talent, they were filled with nfl stars.

  24. dienavinjohnson says:
    Nov 4, 2012 6:50 AM
    I would love to see this happen. Every idiot SEC fan would bet their life savings on the college team. Meanwhile, us northern NFL fans would gladly take their money. For once, the red states would actually be giving money to the blue states.

    In a related story, Heath Evans must have forgotten his comments to a Miami sports radio show just 8 months ago when he slammed Nick Saban.

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    NO, I am an SEC fan, and this game would be over by the end of the 1st quarter.

    Projections for Alabama in the 2013 NFL Draft (Walter Football):

    R1/12 – D. Milliner (CB)
    R1/17 – C. Warmac (G)
    R1/25 – CJ Mosley (ILB)
    R1/27 – B. Jones (OL)
    R2/44 – DJ Fluker (OT)
    R2/46 – J. Williams (NT)
    R3/69 – R. Luster (S)

    That is it for the first 3 rounds, and lets be honest, anyone drafted after the 3rd round has LITTLE chance to start.

    That means, there are 7 guys on Alabama who are ready to play in the NFL (AT BEST).

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