Steve Spurrier, the current head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks, said that based on his experience coaching multiple Div. 1 college football teams, the Washington Redskins and 10 years as an NFL player, the Alabama Crimson Tide would have a legitimate shot at beating a number of NFL teams this season, according to comments Spurrier made during an appearance Wednesday on The Dan Patrick Show:
"Alabama, gosh, they look like they could beat a couple of those NFL teams that I've watched on Sundays. 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."
Spurrier, who went 7-9 in his first season as coach of the Redskins, was outscored 85–31 in his last three games with the team in 2003. Overall, he had a 12–20 (.375) coaching record in the NFL, a stark contrast to his 204–77–2 (.724) record coaching in the NCAA. He had won a national championship with Florida in 1996 and has been with the South Carolina Gamecocks since 2005. The team is currently 7-2 this season.