Now Florida Atlantic is talking smack to Alabama

By Chris Huston | College Football Writer

The college football battlefield is littered with the corpses of Sun Belt teams willing to sacrifice themselves in return for a big payday.

The SEC as currently comprised has made a killing against the Sun Belt, going 260-15-4 lifetime versus the conference, with seven of those losses coming from Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.

Amazingly, that history hasn't stopped some Sun Belt teams from flapping their jaws before facing, of all teams, Alabama this season.

First it was Western Kentucky, which took on 'Bama in week two. Hilltoppers linebacker T.J. Smith was brazen in his prediction of a victory over the Tide and head coach Willie Taggart termed the 40-point spread between the two teams 'baloney.'

Now, apparently, Florida Atlantic wants in on the action.

Owls defensive end Cory Henry told the Palm Beach Post this week that Alabama 'could be beat.'

"They ain't what people think," Henry said. "They're good and everything but they can be beat, too. They just execute well. They just execute and beat you."

As if that wasn't provocative enough, Henry made clear that the Owls had another advantage over the Tide:

"We got speed against them. You got speed, you can win."

While one's first instinct is to assume this is a foolhardy way to approach a game with a Nick Saban team, consider the (relative) success of WKU against Alabama.

The Hilltoppers held the Tide to a season-low in points (35), total offense (368) and plays (51). WKU collected six sacks against what has been touted to be the best offensive line in college football.

It was a positive outcome of sorts for WKU given how bad it could have been. Maybe FAU is just trying to find a way to do something, anything, to not get thrashed, too. No one enjoys being a quiet lamb on the way to a slaughter.

Indeed, if the Tide comes out lackluster again on Saturday, the Sun Belt may have stumbled upon its best possible losing strategy against elite SEC teams from here on out:

Talk smack, avoid embarrassment.

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