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Could a college team beat a professional team, regardless of the sport? For those voting on the home page, the poll is on the right.

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# 1 dickey1331 @ 07/26/10 09:09 AM
I voted no. I cannot think of a sport where a college team could beat a pro team.
 
# 2 bigsmallwood @ 07/26/10 09:12 AM
The old School Miami Hurricanes could have demolished the Detroit Lions or Tampa Bay Bucs.....heck they might have been competitive with a good team! lol
 
# 3 bnoe1023 @ 07/26/10 09:17 AM
Absolutely not! Could they be competitive? Yes. Could they beat them in an "official" game? No! Even the WORST teams in pro sports like the New Jersey Nets of the NBA and Detroit Lions in the NFL are filled top to bottom with grown men who were great college players. Even on the best college teams, not even 50% of the starting line-up are future pro's, and they are all 18-22 year old kids.
 
# 4 LuGer33 @ 07/26/10 09:23 AM
Agreed, absolutely not.
 
# 5 laforr77 @ 07/26/10 09:23 AM
A great college team like the UConn women's basketball team could probably beat the worst WNBA team on an off day.
 
# 6 SeanSpenceU31 @ 07/26/10 09:24 AM
Pro Team (College All Stars) > College Team (High School All Stars)
 
# 7 Cusefan @ 07/26/10 09:29 AM
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Originally Posted by SeanSpenceU31
Pro Team (College All Stars) > College Team (High School All Stars)
This is Exactly right. The worst team in a pro Sport is still made up of some of the best College players.
 
# 8 bcruise @ 07/26/10 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by bnoe1023
Absolutely not! Could they be competitive? Yes. Could they beat them in an "official" game? No! Even the WORST teams in pro sports like the New Jersey Nets of the NBA and Detroit Lions in the NFL are filled top to bottom with grown men who were great college players. Even on the best college teams, not even 50% of the starting line-up are future pro's, and they are all 18-22 year old kids.
Agreed...the depth alone would be more than enough to decide the outcome.

Baseball might be a little unique in that regard (i.e depth in a single game may not matter AS MUCH as other sports), but the college team would be lucky to get hits off a pro club's staff ace. So it kinda balances out there.
 
# 9 teambayern @ 07/26/10 09:34 AM
I guess it depends on your outlook, but i don't see how anyone can vote no. There are always going to be upsets...always. And it's already happened anyways: Miracle on Ice. The Soviets were all pros, while the US was a rag tag team of college kids.
 
# 10 Nature_Boy @ 07/26/10 09:47 AM
No way I can see it happening.
 
# 11 ndfan1993 @ 07/26/10 09:55 AM
As has already been mentioned it HAS happened, so the question is irrelevant. Anyone who answers "No" is clueless.
 
# 12 CuseGirl @ 07/26/10 10:04 AM
It depends on the sport. I'd say in a sport like Women's softball (which I kno, there isn't a major pro sport) where the U.S. national team has a few college players on it but you have a pitcher like Jennie Finch on the team for ages. I would consider her a "pro" in her sport but she's competing against girls much younger than her. WNBA as well. When Candace Parker got on the National team, players like Lisa Leslie were quoted "she was hands down, the best player on the court" and she was still in college.

When the talent and mental preparation between college and pros is CLOSE, there's a chance for an upset. That's why you could have taken any of the best college football teams of the last 15 years and put them up against the Detroit Lions and Bengals teams of those last 15 years and I'd give the college one of those games and only in a squeaker.

Men's basketball? Eh. Probably not. Let's say Kentucky Wildcats with Wall, Cousins, Patterson. Would their starting 5, coached by Calipari be better than the league's worst team, the New Jersey Nets? In a 7 game series, if the Nets had no injuries and zone defense was in effect, I'd take the Nets in 5.

Baseball really isn't a contest. There's a reason they have 3 levels of minor league ball and rarely, do players under the age of 21 play significant innings in MLB (Griffey, A-Rod). Even Strasburg needed to pitch in the minors before it was feasible for him to see the big show.

So, could a college team BEAT a pro team? Yea, because despite the extremely low probabilities, a college team would squeak out ONE win, if the game was simulated 1000 times.
 
# 13 whosgotcha @ 07/26/10 10:13 AM
Possibly women's basketball
 
# 14 nyj721 @ 07/26/10 10:19 AM
I wouldn't bet on it, but I think it could happen. However, if I were a betting man, I would take the 08-09 Tar Heels over the current day Nets or the Knicks pre-Stoudamire.
 
# 15 Tokyo-Night @ 07/26/10 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by joejccva71
I'm pretty sure Alabama could absolutely destroy a few pro teams. Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Bucs, St Louis Rams.
no not even the best collage team can beat the worst nfl team just no way imo
 
# 16 statum71 @ 07/26/10 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by joejccva71
I'm pretty sure Alabama could absolutely destroy a few pro teams. Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Bucs, St Louis Rams.

Insane. No way. Alabama looks that good against COLLEGE teams. The Bucs, Rams, and Lions defense would give Greg McElroy the blues.
 
# 17 hop706 @ 07/26/10 10:28 AM
It most certainly could happen, more likely in baseball. If a top college team with a decent pitcher faced Kansas City or Pittsburgh I think it most definitely could happen. If you take this scenario into account I have no idea how you could answer "no" in this poll.
 
# 18 cmurr @ 07/26/10 10:43 AM
Nope. The worst professional team is still better than the best college team in any sport.
 
# 19 SqueakyD @ 07/26/10 10:50 AM
I've seen some college baseball teams match up well against some lower A minor league baseball teams. I just don't think it's possible with all the sports, like football where the pros are way more stronger and fit than their college counterparts.
 
# 20 teambayern @ 07/26/10 11:02 AM
I see all the comments saying the worst pro teams are better than the best college teams, but no one seems to address the fact that the best team doesn't always win. It's already happened.
 


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