Gene Stallings is no stranger to preparing for a title game, having coached Alabama to the national championship in 1992. And so perhaps it holds a little more weight when he said the Crimson Tide enters next Monday’s College Football Playoff national championship bout against Clemson holding an advantage.
More interesting, however, is how Stallings feels about the school Alabama just beat — Michigan State, which took a 38-0 shellacking in the Cotton Bowl last Thursday.
“I felt like six to eight teams in the Southeastern Conference could beat Michigan State,” Stallings said on The Opening Kickoff on WNSP-FM 105.5, according to al.com’s Mark Heim.
Could half of the SEC knock off the Big Ten champs? Considering how the conference dominated bowl season — a record 8-2 mark — that might not be too much of a stretch. Then again, Alabama has a habit of making really good teams look pedestrian.