ESPN's Tim Tebow analyzes Alabama football, says Texas A&M 'awoke a sleeping giant'

Erik Hall
The Tuscaloosa News

Tim Tebow appeared as a guest with Paul Finebaum on "The Paul Finebaum Show" during Friday's show in Athens, Georgia. 

Tebow and Finebaum discussed games across the SEC, and they talked for a while about Texas A&M defeating Alabama 41-38 on Oct. 9. 

After the loss, Alabama dropped from No. 1 to No. 5 in the USA Today Sports AFCA Coaches Poll. Ranked ahead of Alabama are No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Iowa, No. 3 Oklahoma, and No. 4 Cincinnati. 

Georgia, Iowa, Oklahoma and Cincinnati are all undefeated. 

Tim Tebow says Texas A&M 'awoke a sleeping giant' in Alabama football

Sep 18, 2021; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Florida Gators former quarterback Tim Tebow during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Finebaum said to Tebow, "You didn't come off of many losses in your career in college, and neither has Alabama. They usually come back really well." 

"They will," Tebow said. "I don't think it really changes much for college football (that Alabama lost to Texas A&M). I really don't. I think it changes a lot for A&M. I think Alabama still, besides these guys (Georgia), I think Alabama's still the best team if not the second-best team in college football behind Georgia.

"You mean, you're going to tell me the teams (ranked) in front of them — Iowa, Cincinnati, Oklahoma — are better than Alabama?" Tebow continued. "We all know if they played on a neutral field; they're just not going to beat them and they're not as good. And I think Alabama will show up. They have too many playmakers. 

"It was a perfect storm at a hostile environment where most of the plays went A&M's way and everything went against 'Bama. And I also think they just showed up and kind of thought, 'You know what, this A&M team just got killed by Mississippi State. They're not that good.' And that effects, especially, 18- to 22-year-olds. It absolutely can change things."

Oct 9, 2021; College Station, Texas, USA;  Alabama tight end Cameron Latu (81) looses control of a pass as he crosses the goal line with Texas A&M defensive back Leon O'Neal Jr. (9) covering him at Kyle Field. Texas A&M defeated Alabama 41-38 on a field goal as time expired. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Mississippi State beat Texas A&M 26-22 on Oct. 2. 

"I think they awoke a sleeping giant," Tebow said of Texas A&M beating Alabama. 

Alabama football returns to action Saturday at Mississippi State. 

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Tebow played quarterback for the Florida Gators from 2006-09. 

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik