The College Football Playoff selections were revealed on Sunday. And after weeks of debate, the committee decided to move forward with two SEC teams and zero from the Big Ten.
We know at least one prominent SEC talking head who had to be smiling from ear-to-ear when that news came down.
Paul Finebaum had been pushing for Alabama in the CFP over the eventual Big Ten champion — Ohio State or Wisconsin — pretty much since the final whistle of the Crimson Tide’s Iron Bowl loss to Auburn.
The morning after the committee agree with him by putting Nick Saban’s one-loss team in ahead of a two-loss Ohio State team, Paul Finebaum went on WJOX’s Opening Drive to discuss the move.
“The committee very smartly looked at this and said ‘do we really want to see Ohio State in a rematch with Clemson’,” Finebaum said of the decision to go with Alabama over the Buckeyes. “And frankly, had they been matched up, it would have been a repeat of last year. I think whether it’s the right way or wrong way of doing it, they took a flyer that in a month Nick Saban could figure something out and [his team] would be healthy. And that it would be a more conclusive matchup, because let’s be honest — Alabama was one of the four best teams.”
“If Ohio State had won the game 35-10, maybe [they should have gone to CFP over Alabama], but they just limped through that game,” Finebaum said. “They’re just not a great team.”
His resolve in anti-Big Ten sentiment, even after the committee agreed with him, was pretty impressive. He went right after 12-1 Wisconsin, who he claimed exposed that Ohio State was not an elite team simply by the 27-21 final score of the Big Ten title game.
“If Wisconsin would have found a way to win, it would have been criminal to put them in,” Finebaum said. “Listen, call me whatever you want, but Wisconsin would be lucky to be the fourth-best team in the SEC. They certainly wouldn’t be in the top 3.”
“They’d be fourth in the SEC West,” one of the Birmingham-based radio show hosts chimed in.
“Yeah,” Finebaum replied. “I know Wisconsin beat LSU last year at Lambeau, which was not a neutral site. But I’ll take LSU at Tiger Stadium or on a neutral site this year.”
You can listen to Finebaum’s entire interview with WJOX here:
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