Paul Finebaum made a big prediction for the Peach Bowl between Auburn and UCF.
The noted ESPN analyst spoke on WJOX 94.5 FM on Monday, and he weighed in about the matchup between the Tigers and Knights that will take place on Jan. 1 in Atlanta. When asked how important it is for Auburn to end the season on a positive note after its SEC Championship Game loss to Georgia, Finebaum said “it’s critical” for the Tigers to claim a victory.
He went on to give a prediction for the game, saying Auburn should “dust” UCF.
Here’s more from his radio appearance:
“I think it’s critical for Auburn to win this game. And I say that because there are so many factors connected to this. A loss would mean two losses to end the season. It would mean four losses [total], which quite frankly is not what many people consider to be a great season in spite of everything else. I think on top of [Gus] Malzahn’s contract extension, it would just be a bitter pill to swallow going into the offseason. … I think UCF is very beatable, in spite of the record. I just don’t think they’re in the same league as Auburn. I think Auburn ought to go over there and dust them.”
The game between Auburn and UCF is fun on a number of levels. It will be Scott Frost’s last appearance as the Knights’ coach, after he led them to a 12-0 record to this point. He’ll be Nebraska’s coach next season. Meanwhile, we’ll see how much motivation the Tigers (10-3) have for the game after they were denied a College Football Playoff berth with their loss to Georgia on Dec. 2.
We’ll see if Finebaum’s prediction that Auburn will “dust” UCF is correct. He might not be giving the Knights enough respect.
— WJOX 94.5 FM (@WJOX945) December 18, 2017