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Paul Finebaum Names Team With "A Lot To Prove" In 2019

An extreme closeup of ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum from the Cotton Bowl in Texas in 2019.

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

It takes a lot for a non-SEC team to impress ESPN college sports analyst Paul Finebaum. But while he may have been humbled a bit by Texas' incredible upset win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl last season, he isn't sold on the team just yet.

In a recent appearance on The David Glenn Show, Finebaum spoke glowingly about Texas head coach Tom Herman but believes the team still has "a lot to prove." He stated that while the Sugar Bowl win over Georgia was "significant," beating LSU in the regular season will be an even bigger test.

"...You can’t live your life off a bowl game. The Georgia game was significant, but beating LSU is what they have to do. That’s week 2 of the college football season and one of the biggest non-conference games of the entire year."

Texas is currently a rare home underdog to LSU when the two sides face off in September. As of writing, the Tigers are favored by three points.

Last year, the Longhorns went 9-3 in the regular season, securing a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game before losing to arch-rival Oklahoma.

One month later they stunned No. 5 Georgia in a 28-21 Sugar Bowl win to finish with 10 wins for the first time since 2009.

Though Oklahoma are still the favorites to win the Big 12 title again in 2019, Texas appears to be closing the gap.

Can the Longhorns make it back-to-back wins over top SEC teams this year?