NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Julio Jones was asked about the Texas defense and repeated the answer that so many of his Alabama teammates have given leading up to the BCS national-championship game.
“It’s just like an SEC team, how they play the game,” the Tide receiver said earlier this week.
As if there was no greater compliment than comparing the Longhorns to South Carolina or Kentucky. As if the greatest praise one could bestow upon on a college football team is declaring that, yes, this team could play in the Southeastern Conference.
Competing in a league that has produced three consecutive national champions — something never done before — certainly helps justify Alabama’s high opinion of the SEC.
And it’s a feeling shared by many, though somewhat begrudgingly.