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ESPN's Paul Finebaum Says These 2 Major Programs Are "In Trouble"

Paul Finebaum explains why Clemson will lose on First Take. He believes Big Ten football teams will compete for the College Football Playoff in 2017.


It hasn't been a great start to the 2018 college football season for two of the Sunshine State's major programs.

Florida and Florida State, which are both being led by new head coaches in Dan Mullen and Willie Taggart, respectively, are 1-1.

The Gators fell this weekend to Kentucky. The loss snapped a 31-game winning streak for Florida against the Wildcats.

The Seminoles, meanwhile, were blown out by Virginia Tech in Week 1. Then, the Seminoles needed a late-game comeback to beat Samford.

ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum says both programs are in trouble.

"I think the ‘Noles are in deep trouble,” Finebaum said on ESPN on Sunday. "They came within a whisker of losing to Samford. By the way, that was Bobby Bowden’s school. He went there. He coached there. Florida is a little better off. Dan Mullen, I think the expectations were, ‘Mullen’s back. The Tebow years are here. Championships are going to come.’ Not exactly that fast.

"Kentucky is a good team, solid, nobody really thought they could beat the Gators. But I think the Gators are going to have difficult year and they’re going to blame it all on Jim McElwain.”

Florida is set to host Colorado State on Saturday, while Florida State is set to face Syracuse.