- Paul Finebaum is worried about Alabama for the rest of the college football season, to put it lightly.
- Finebaum made a shocking prediction for the Tide during an appearance on ESPN’s ‘Get Up.’
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Paul Finebaum will always go to bat for any SEC football team, and that’s especially been true over the last handful of years when it comes to Alabama. Finebaum will defend the Crimson Tide and Nick Saban as long as the dynasty continues, but following Alabama’s loss to Texas A&M, his tune has changed.
Absolutely nobody saw Alabama’s loss to A&M coming. While Alabama showed that it was human against Florida a few weeks back, A&M was coming off of back-to-back losses to Arkansas and Mississippi State. Weird things happen in college football, however, and the mighty Tide crashing in College Station was one of the weirder things to happen in the sport in quite some time.
Alabama is now on the outside looking in when it comes to the College Football Playoff as things stand right now. While the Tide will likely still be favored in each of their remaining regular-season games, Finebaum doesn’t see a way that Alabama makes this year’s Playoff.
“I don’t think I’ve gone against Alabama in 10 years but I’m betting my house against them this time,” Finebaum said on ‘Get Up.’ “I don’t see it because they have to play Georgia. They can negotiate the rest of the season and they probably will.
“If you look at the FPI, they don’t have what I would call a really dangerous game. Well, of course, I didn’t think Texas A&M was a dangerous game, but to beat Georgia, they have to do things they haven’t done this year. And quite frankly, Heather already laid out the Georgia template. I don’t see it happening.”
You may be sitting here thinking that Finebaum’s prediction here is by no means shocking given the current state in college football, but if you’ve been paying attention to him over the last decade, it’s shocking.
Georgia has looked like world-beaters this season, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Could Saban and the Tide beat them in Atlanta in the SEC Championship Game? Of course, but at this rate, who’s to say Alabama doesn’t drop another regular-season game and an Auburn or Ole Miss team represents the SEC West in Atlanta?
There’s a lot of football yet to be played, and betting against Saban is never a good idea, but this feels like a year where absolute chaos could ensue and we’re looking at a very unique set of four teams in the Playoff.