Paul Finebaum is understandably high on Alabama this season with the Crimson Tide taking the top spot on both the USA TODAY Coaches Poll and the AP Top 25 entering the season. However, Finebaum does see one team out of the B1G that can push Alabama for the title.

Sports Betting in Big Ten Country

Ohio sports betting apps are officially launching on January 1, 2023.

Pre-registration is now available at FanDuel Ohio for an extra $100 bonus. Go pre-register now.

21+ and present in OH. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER.

During his Tuesday morning appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up,” Finebaum tabbed Ohio State as the biggest threat to Alabama winning the national title this season (via On3 Sports):

“Unquestionably…” Finebaum said. “But Ohio State is built for this. They had a bad year last year. They did the unthinkable, the once-in-a-generation [mistake], they lost to Michigan. But that’s not going to happen this year because they have one of the best quarterbacks in the country, they have wide receivers that will fill the NFL up. And they have Notre Dame at home in the first game of the season, they have Michigan later on, it’s a tailor made schedule for Ryan Day to make a serious run at the championship.”

It is hard not to like what Day and his staff have going on in Columbus, especially after landing new DC Jim Knowles to fix the defense. If the defense is marginally better than 2021, the offense should have enough firepower to win the B1G and compete for a title.