ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum said recently that a third straight matchup between Clemson and Alabama in the national title game would be bad for the sport.
Tuesday, he said he doesn’t think the matchup will happen — because he expects the defending champions to lose this season.
On ESPN’s First Take, Finebaum said, if choosing between Clemson or Alabama and “the field,” or the rest of the country, he’d take the field to win this year’s national championship. He then went on to say that he expects Alabama to be back in the four-team College Football Playoff, but he doesn’t see Clemson making it.
I’m not sure Clemson will be because at some point, you run into someone,” Finebaum said. “It happened last year to Clemson. They lost at home to Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh! And they should’ve lost to N.C. State. The N.C. State kicker missed a chip shot.”
Finebaum didn’t point out a specific game on Clemson’s schedule that he expects the Tigers to lose, but he predicted they will be upset at some point, like No. 3 Oklahoma was when it fell to Iowa State in Week 6.
The only game left on Clemson’s schedule against a ranked opponent is a Nov. 4 trip to N.C. State, though that doesn’t account for a potential appearance in the ACC championship game. Georgia Tech could work also its way into the rankings before facing the Tigers.
Finebaum seems to think Alabama is upset-proof, but Clemson, for some reason, is not.
“At some point, you do lose,” Finebaum said. He went on to say, “I don’t think it will happen to Alabama, but I do think it will happen to Clemson.”
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