Paul Finebaum is well known for the way in which he covers the Alabama Crimson Tide and, now, he does it from a national perspective at ESPN. With that said, Finebaum is familiar with making “news” with takes on Nick Saban and company and he did so on Sunday morning in speaking on ESPN’s SportsCenter. (h/t 247Sports)
As seen above, Finebaum caught up with Michael Eaves and declared that there are only two teams that can beat the Crimson Tide this season.
“Alabama does not have very many dangerous games. Really, the opener against FSU and the closer at Auburn, a place where the Tide lost four years ago. Other than that, most of the others games are going to be laughers.”
It isn’t a big surprise that Finebaum would highlight Florida State (who Alabama faces in the opener) and Auburn as the two most difficult opponents for the Tide but the forceful way in which he describes the schedule is noteworthy. Finebaum indicates that “Alabama is going to be No. 1 and I don’t think it’s going to be close,” but games against LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Ole Miss do exist.
Alabama, once again, is tremendous and should be treated as such. This might be a bit aggressive, though.