Paul Finebaum interacts with SEC fans for a living. So who best to know exactly what would be going through the minds of the Alabama fan base as the Crimson Tide finds out their fate on Sunday?
During a Sunday morning appearance on ESPN alongside Booger McFarland, Finebaum revealed that Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama would be his choice for the top-4 for the College Football Playoff.
Referencing a fan he knows who still cries about the Crimson Tide not receiving consideration for the 1966 national title after going unbeaten, Finebaum said he knew which fan base — Ohio State or Alabama — would take it worse if they were left out on Sunday.
“Alabama fans lost a national title on a pick play against Clemson last season. They haven’t gotten over that yet,” he said. ” If Ohio State gets in, Alabama fans will never get over this.”
In comparison, McFarland, who also picked the same CFP top-4 as Finebaum, implied the Ohio State fan base should feel like they’re playing with house money for even being in the discussion after suffering two regular-season losses.
“It should have been over on that Sunday morning when they woke up after they lost to Iowa,” McFarland said. “You can’t lose to Iowa and get into the playoff, but because of things that have happened around the country now, all of a sudden there’s a way for them to get in. There’s a narrative.
“I think the disappointment would be bigger in Tuscaloosa and here’s why: You play in the conference that is generally regarded as the toughest conference in the country, and you lose one game on the road to your arch-rival and it’s the only game you lose all year after scheduling the game of the century at the beginning of the season. Alabama has proven they’ll play anybody, anywhere, anytime. And when you lose one game with that mantra, that, to me, will be a tougher pill to swallow.”
Finebaum, in agreement with McFarland, also dropped a sad truth on how the Crimson Tide’s loss to Auburn will be perceived by other national pundits.
“They’re a three-loss team, according to the pundits,” Finebaum said. “Remember, they were the No. 2 team in the nation on Tuesday night.”