South Carolina Gamecocks head football coach Steve Spurrier told "The Dan Patrick Show" that he feels Alabama could compete against some professional teams.
"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."
Alabama is on a quest to win its third national title in five seasons under former Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide produced four first-round NFL picks from last year's national championship team.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, who also spent time as a college coach, disagreed with Spurrier's claim.
"I was confronted with that at times (at USC) and the falsehood is to think that that could ever take place," Carroll said to reporters at his Wednesday weekly news conference. "It ain't even close. Alabama's got a great team and Nick is a fantastic coach, but when you match up the interior lines against regular NFL teams on either side of the ball, it wouldn't even be close."