Imagine if the best Southern Cal team under Pete Carroll that Lane Kiffin saw played the best Alabama team under Nick Saban that Kiffin was a part of.
Kiffin, the Crimson Tide’s former offensive coordinator, envisions the Trojans winning that game.
During an interesting discussion with Fox Sports Radio’s Clay Travis, the current Florida Atlantic coach was asked which team would win in a mythical matchup between the best team Kiffin saw with the Trojans and the best team he witnessed with the Crimson Tide.
And yes, Kiffin chose Carroll’s best team over Saban’s top squad if the two met in the national championship game.
Kiffin told Travis:
“USC wins it. Look at Pete’s old teams and how they play. He goes 6-1 in BCS games, only loss is to Texas in the Vince Young game. Now (if the teams played) at the beginning of the season, maybe not as much. That’s how Coach (Carroll) was. They were going to be fresh. Now if you look at Alabama, no one wants to play Alabama at the beginning of the year. Because how (Saban) has them ready to play at the beginning of the year.”
That’s a savvy answer from Kiffin. He’s right: Alabama is so strong at the beginning of the season. (Just ask Southern Cal what happened to begin the 2016 campaign.)
Still, Carroll had a knack for winning games late in the season. He almost led Southern Cal to a three-peat as national champions, until Young and the Longhorns spoiled that possibility.
Fascinating insight from Kiffin.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) March 30, 2017