Paul Finebaum is almost always going to side with SEC teams when given the choice of who is better between any two programs. That was the case once again as he appeared on ESPN’s First Take and was asked who he believes is the top team in the country. Here was his response:
“On paper, Clemson has a better body of work but I don’t think they’ve beaten a great team and I think Alabama has done that and therefore I’d rank them No. 1,” Finebaum said. “But I don’t think there’s a lot of difference between Alabama and Clemson.”
Max Kellerman tried to argue that Louisville was a quality win, but Finebaum wasn’t having that and absolutely tore apart Louisville as well as a couple other schools.
“This same Louisville team lost to Kentucky last year and they got run over by LSU, which I think has stopped playing college football,” Finebaum said. “I’m not wasting much energy on that.”
Of course, he mentioned it was last year and this year’s squad shouldn’t be held to those losses even if the quarterback and some other main players were in those games. So that’s not entirely fair to Clemson for Finebaum to downplay their schedule like that. Especially considering Clemson has beaten Auburn and Virginia Tech who were top-15 teams when they played.
However, this debate isn’t going away until Alabama and Clemson eventually meet in their third consecutive national title game. It just feels inevitable at this point with the way the two teams are playing despite losing some major players to the NFL Draft this year.
[h/t The Spun]