To Paul Finebaum, it doesn’t matter that Tennessee lost to Texas A&M.
Speaking on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Saturday morning, the noted analyst gave high praise to Tennessee. He said the Volunteers can pull the upset against Alabama on Saturday at Neyland Stadium in what could be a preview of the SEC Championship Game.
Finebaum was asked which team had the best chance to earn an upset Saturday: Tennessee against Alabama or Wisconsin against Ohio State. Finebaum’s answer was interesting, especially when he threw in a reference about the Aggies.
“Tennessee has the best chance for the upset, because they are really a good team,” Finebaum said on the show. “Listen, Wisconsin is good. We all know about the defense and what they’ve done so far. But Tennessee proved to me last week, and proved to everyone, that they belong in the top 10. Frankly, I think they’re a better team than A&M. And I think today they have to start fast. We’ve heard it all week long. They can’t turn the ball over seven times. If they do that, and if Alabama makes some mistakes, which doesn’t happen very often, they can win this game.”
That line about Texas A&M is curious. Do head-to-head results mean nothing these days? Do the seven turnovers committed by the Vols in that game last Saturday at Kyle Field mean zilch?
That’s a head-scratcher, for sure.