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Which NFL team is most similar to your college team?

Ever get a crazy thought rolling around your head that won't go away? We had one of those the other day, wondering which college teams most easily compared with the NFL. Here's how we view the 32 NFL franchises translated into the college game, and vice versa. Trot this topic out for debate the next time you've got some down time in a staff meeting and hit us back if you think you've got a comparison that's better. Who knows? We may even update our list.  

     
KansasCity In a vacuum, if you watch this team play you would be certain they've lost at least three games by now. Then you check the standings, look at your calendar, and realize it's practically November and yet they're still undefeated. For now, at least.  miami-fl.120
 Indianapolis Once upon a time, Andrew Luck and Pep Hamilton teamed up to restore a once-proud organization. The Colts have doubled down on history repeating itself.   stanford.120
Denver  Points on points on points on points. Not exactly sure how we were able to land this guy (Peyton Manning, Art Briles) but we're going to cherish every moment he's here. baylor.120 
Seattle A head coach with a positive vibe that energizes every single member of the organization. A diminutive quarterback with XXXXL-sized moxie that took control of the locker room the first chance he got. And an epic legal battle over the rights to wave 12th Man towels. texas-am.120 
NewOrleans If you ever need to remind yourself of the value of a good head coach, look at the life this team has shown in 2013 after bumbling through underachieving 2012 seasons with largely the same group of players. Head coach also doubles as the coolest guy in the room. In certain situations, head coach may play with 10 on defense if it meant he could use 12 on offense.  texas-tech.120 
SanFrancisco You may not want to spend a day at the pumpkin patch with their head coach, but you can't deny his unbreakable compulsion to grind his team to victory if nothing else than through the sheer strength of his iron will. Head coach is more likely to remember they play call on 3rd-and-5 from his own 42-yard line with 9:06 to play in the third quarter of a game from October 4, 2008 than his own birthday. ohio-state.120 
Cincinnati As far as you know, the head coach is operating on an understood lifetime contract with management despite an up-and-down tenure. Everything has gone well so far this season, though we're only through October.   iowa.120
NewEngland Coached by a living legend, win with unrelenting consistency despite constant roster turnover. CBS sends its top broadcasting crew after them so often, it might be time to file for a restraining order.  alabama.120
GreenBay Sure, the previous quarterback accomplished some great things but the current guy you've got under center hasn't left you feeling nostalgic for even one second.  florida-state.120
Dallas Led by a well-respected head coach with a sharp offensive mind that's doing the best he can despite an omnipresent black cloud (NCAA sanctions, Jerry Jones).   penn-state.120
Detroit Every game leaves you wondering if this will be the day your head coach finally loses the battle with that little Tasmanian devil inside him and he punches somebody.  nebraska.120
SanDiego Playing in the shadows of some bigger names in their region, they put the game in the hands of their quarterback every week and it's up to you to stop it. (Fifty percent of the time, you probably will.)  indiana.120
Chicago Hired a head coach from a far away land (Utah, Canada). Consistent success yet still a step away from the truly elite. Exists in the shadow of the Packers.   wisconsin.120
Baltimore A household name at quarterback, and winning on the heels of your defense (more times than not) make these two teams near mirror images of one another.  louisville.120
NewYorkJets Led by a husky, bombastic head coach that seemingly has done more talking than winning lately.  arkansas.120
Miami Shown some promising signs under a new head coach, but football is still just an extended prologue to basketball season. kentucky.120 
Tennessee Their wins aren't going to bowl you over, their losses are understandable yet present in equal or greater numbers than their win totals. A middle of the road team in the middle of Tennessee.   vanderbilt.120
Charlotte Though buzzards have circled around his head for more than a year now, the head coach has an undefeated record in games he absolutely has to win. These two may be stuck with each other as long as that continues.   smu.120
Philadelphia Whether you realize it or not, their ideas permeate through the entire country. I feel like there's some other connection here, but I can't quite put my finger on it. oregon.120 
Atlanta A head coach-quarterback combination that have been together for a long time, won their share of wars, and ended last season in agony on the Georgia Dome floor as they came one play shy of playing for a long-awaited championship. Nearly a year later, each organization hasn't fully recovered.   georgia.120
Buffalo A pair of teams that are going to get the most out of their quarterbacks, fight hard for 60 minutes...and not be seen outside of upstate New York.  syracuse.120 
Cleveland You're reasonably certain this team still plays football every weekend, though you can't say for sure because you haven't watched it happen with your own eyes for years now.  purdue.120
Washington An oldest of the old-school head coach in an Odd Couple relationship with a quarterback who is anything but old school. The first stage of the relationship was great, but stage two is still to be determined.   michigan.120 
Arizona Show me a team with a brutal schedule and suspect quarterback play, and I'll show you a team going through a rebuilding phase. Check back in a year or three.   tennessee.120
Pittsburgh Their head coach has already done more than enough to merit a statue outside the stadium, yet he's still young enough that he could stick around for another two decades if he doesn't get bored and wander off first. Everyone in the organization works to a standard, from the head coach to the part-time janitor. This season has served as a rare reminder that they had it pretty darn good in the previous decade. boise-state.120 
Houston A head coach that is the only thing your fan base can remember, and results that have left even your most die hard fans disappointed and your entire fan base wanting to fast forward to the end of the season.  kansas-state.120
StLouis Head coach has registered his share of accomplishments in football, though at the moment you're having a hard time remembering what they were. Quarterback came to the team highly-touted, though at the moment you're having a hard time remembering why.  kansas.120
Oakland Both teams have fresh head coaches, and quarterbacks who scare opposing defensive coordinators with their running ability more than their passing prowess.  northern-illinois.120
 NewYorkGiants A near guarantee to win between nine and 11 games and be in the mix for a conference championship every single year. Check the standings this year, though, and they've won two games and out of the mix in their division, let alone the conference.   tulsa.120
Minnesota  If that running game gets going, you're going down and you're going down hard. If not, well, you're probably in for a comfortable victory.  georgia-tech.120 
TampaBay  Hard to believe now that head coaching hire actually looked like a good idea to someone at the time.  connecticut.120
Jacksonville  At this point, you're not sure whether their players, coaches and fans need a salute, a handshake or a hug.  southern-miss.120
     

Author: Zach Barnett
Zach Barnett is a native of Denton, Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas. He joined FootballScoop in 2012 after two years at the National Football Foundation. His hobbies include watching college football, reading about college football and writing about college football.