Steve Spurrier has had his share of battles with the Alabama Crimson Tide over the years. So pardon the legendary SEC coach if he doesn’t have his conference blinders on all the time.
Spurrier made an appearance at the Dr. Pepper Mayor’s Luncheon for the Dollar General Bowl in Mobile, Ala. on Thursday, where he served as the guest speaker at the event held in advance of the meeting between Troy and Ohio in the bowl game on Friday.
In a media question and answer session, the Head Ball Coach was asked his opinion on the College Football Playoff and the Crimson Tide’s chances of pulling off a repeat championship. Per AL.com’s Mark Inabinett, here’s how he responded:
“Alabama’s favored; we all know that,” Spurrier said. “They could get beat. Washington or whoever has an exceptional game and maybe they don’t play their best, and that’s the way sports is. It’s not a given, but Alabama’s certainly the favorite.”
The retired coach, who now spends his time working as a representative for the Florida athletic department, saw first-hand how good this year’s Crimson Tide can be. The Gators lost to Alabama 54-16 in the SEC Championship game earlier in the month. Alabama will play Washington in the semifinals of the College Football Playoff on Dec. 31.
Per the report, Spurrier also spoke on the hot college football topic– the importance of bowl games and whether or not players should be skipping them.
Spurrier recalled how important bowl games were during his tenure at South Carolina, as they were an instrumental part of setting school-record win totals (11) in three consecutive seasons. And while he gave a nuanced reply to players choosing to sit out the game, he ultimately landed on this take: “I don’t blame the players, but I don’t think it’s going to continue like this.”