Paul Finebaum believes LSU deserved to be No. 1 over Ohio State
The biggest decision the College Football Playoff committee had to make on Sunday was which team to rank in that No. 1 spot. Both LSU and Ohio State had compelling arguments to sit atop the rankings.
Ultimately, the committee decided that LSU’s body of work, capped off by thumping No. 4 Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, was enough to put the Tigers at No. 1. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 2.
SEC Network host Paul Finebaum said that was the right decision.
“It’s an eye test. You’re sitting there, you’re watching LSU eviscerate Georgia with one of the best defenses in the country, and the other team [Ohio State] struggled,” Finebaum said during his weekly appearance on WJOX The RoundTable. “The point is who’s the best team in the country and even though it’s gone back and forth for eight weeks, LSU’s the best team in the country. Anyone who thinks they’re not can take a seat. You’ll have five or six weeks to prove that you were right.”
Both LSU and Ohio State finished the season 13-0 and won their respective title games. LSU defeated Georgia 37-10 while Ohio State knocked off Wisconsin 34-21.
With Ohio State entering the weekend at No. 1, many thought that LSU’s dominance in the SEC Championship Game was the reason behind the Tigers getting the edge vs. the Buckeyes body of work.
In a few weeks, the rankings won’t matter, as both teams will have to prove it on the field. LSU will take on Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl while Ohio State battles Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.
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