Paul Finebaum likes SEC's chances of landing two teams in College Football Playoff
The first edition of the College Football Playoff rankings were revealed but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum envisions an SEC shake up when it’s all said and done.
Alabama (7-0), Notre Dame (8-0), Clemson (7-1), and Ohio State (4-0) landed in the top 4.
On Get Up!, Finebaum laid out the scenario for how the SEC can snag two spots in the CFP.
“This was pretty obvious and it’s where the SEC is positioned right now,” Finebaum said. “We know about Alabama but as of right now there’s a pretty good chance that a second SEC team gets in. We saw that a couple of years ago with Alabama and Georgia but if Florida beats Alabama in the SEC championship and everyone else wins out, there’s a reasonably good chance that Florida and Alabama get in. If Florida loses, look out, here comes Texas A&M. Remember they beat Florida at Kyle Field back in September, but lost to Alabama in Tuscaloosa, but they are positioned to finish in that fourth spot if things go according to plan.”
It’s an interesting take but one that would require plenty of moving parts to come to fruition. One-loss SEC teams Texas A&M (5-1) and Florida (6-1) are ranked fifth and sixth in the rankings, while undefeated Northwestern (5-0) sits at eighth.
Ohio State is looking to make amends for last season’s loss to Clemson in the semifinals and capture the B1G’s first national title since they won the inaugural CFP in 2015.