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Old 12-12-2018, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by asahi View Post
Good points above.

Also, consider where the game is decided: on the lines.

Even if you have a 'terrible' team by NFL standards, all of these players were selected and evaluated by pro scouts. If the Crimson Tide were playing the equivalent of, say, the 2017 Cleveland Browns, as bad the Browns are (were), the Tide would still be facing offensive and defensive lines the likes of which they've never seen. Bigger, stronger, faster, and probably better coached, and experienced at dealing with elite linemen on the other side.
Another way of looking at it is that ALL FIVE of the Browns' offensive linemen will probably be at least the size and caliber of the best guy on the Alabama line. And on the other side of the ball, ALL SEVEN of the linemen/linebackers will be as good or better than the best guys in those positions on the Alabama team.

Chances are, they'll probably be better (more experienced in a better league, and better coached), and probably stronger/faster as well.