There has been much debate over the years matching up the “best college football team” versus “an NFL team”. Who would win? Conventional opinion always concludes that, of course, an NFL team would always win, hands down. Case closed, let’s change the subject. Well, this theory might be accurate – but history tells a different story.
Once upon a time, there once was a game that matched-up the college football seniors against the reigning NFL champions, that went on annually for 43 years (except 1974), from 1934 – 1977, and during that time, the College All-Stars only won 9 games and lost 31 – and 2 ties. The origin of this game went as follows, according to Wikipedia:
“…The game was the idea of Arch Ward, the sports editor of the Chicago Tribune and the driving force behind the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game originally was a benefit for Chicago-area charities and was always played at Soldier Field in Chicago, with the exception of two years during World War II (1943 and 1944) when the game was held at Northwestern University’s Dyche Stadium in Evanston, Illinois….”
So, although not winning a lot, the college guys did win, and were able to hold their own against the professional players for the most part, but it’s been 36 years since any kind of game like this was played or seen, and 50 years since a college team has actually beat a pro team. I repeat, 50 years.
It’s been a long time since this has been done. So what would the outcome be in the modern day game, if it were played? Who would win?
To follow the original college versus pro match-up/script, but adding a slight twist to the format to make things a bit more interesting and compelling. Instead of matching up the ‘college seniors against the reigning NFL champions’, let’s match-up the “college football all-stars” versus the “NFL’s worst team”.
This game will expose one interesting mystery. Just how bad is the worst NFL’s worst team (i.e. – Jacksonville Jaguars), really? Are they really as bad as their record reflects? Will the NFL team try to retain what dignity they have left to avoid losing to a college team of underclassmen? This game should answer that question for us all.
Due to the frequency of this discussion every season, this game should be played. It would be “must see TV” for sure.
A co-worker and I discussed this theory in depth one morning, and we actually came up with a compelling game that we think would be interesting to see, and here’s how it would be done, along with the rules:
- Let’s take the college all-stars; the best in every position, going two deep, until a 53 man roster is filled out. So, you would have the best QB, wide-receiver, running-back, and tight-end, etc. in college football, all on the field at the same time on the first string, as well as the second string.
- The head coach of the college football team will be the reigning national championship head coach and all assistant coaches will be of the head coach’s choosing.
- College participants chosen to participate in this game will be paid. If the player is an undergraduate, their money will be held in a trust fund in the player’s name until they graduate, to avoid an NCAA violation.
- The game would be played a week after the Super Bowl, on a Sunday.
- The game would be called under the rules of their respective league. In other words, the NFL team will be governed under the NFL rules and the college all-star team will be governed under NCAA rules, with the exception of the following:Overtime will be governed under NFL rules.
- If the NFL team loses the game, they will live with the shame of the loss for 7 months, or until they can possibly redeem themselves by winning again.
As I said earlier, we think this would be an interesting game to see, even if it would probably never happen in real life, but at least one thing will be answered as a result of it – just how bad is the NFL’s worst team, really?