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ESPN's Paul Finebaum Releases His New Top 4

ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has released his updated Top-4 ranking if the College Football Playoffs were to start today.

On the Wednesday edition of Get Up!, Finebaum revealed his choices to compete for the national championship.

Unsurprisingly, the Alabama Crimson Tide were No. 1 in his ranking.

"That is not very interesting," Finebaum said. "It’s Alabama. They’ve been there all year, likely to be there for the next however-many years. It’s about Tua (Tagovailoa). We talked earlier. Is he going to play? Yes, he will. Is he banged up? Possibly. Against Tennessee does it matter? No. They’ll win three to four touchdowns. They’re almost a 30-point favorite on the road.”

The Ohio State Buckeyes, despite allowing Minnesota to keep the game close for a while, were No. 2.

“I still like Ohio State. They’re making me queasy. I get queasy anyway. Bosa was never going to be a factor. He’s been gone since TCU. Haskins is still a very solid quarterback. Their defensive play has been good, but they just look lethargic. They come from behind to beat Penn State and then they take a few weeks off.

Notre Dame were ranked No. 3.

“They made just an incredible move, a very significant victory starting with Michigan then Virginia Tech, Stanford. They still have a lot left. Right now, I think they’re the third-best team in the country. … They looked ahead (against Pittsburgh). They just didn’t care, but they got away with it. That’s what matters in college football.”

Finally, the LSU Tigers completed the quartet with the No. 4 spot.

“I like LSU. They have three top-10 wins. They have looked really good. Joe Burrow has been serviceable, not great, but he’s come through when it matters winning at Auburn, winning against Georgia. They let the Florida game get away. They have to be careful, though. Alabama is in two weeks. Mississippi State on Saturday could be a tough game for them.”

Just missing out from his ranking were the Clemson Tigers, who the Associated Press rated No. 3 this week, but who appear unimpressive to Finebaum.

“I don’t care, I continue to be underwhelmed by them,” Finebaum said. “They have three or four first rounders on their defense, but they have not impressed me. The quarterback change was necessary. It happened..."