ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum made two bold claims about the upcoming College Football Playoff today.
The first one: A one-loss Michigan team will make the playoff over a one-loss Notre Dame team.
“This college football committee consists of 13 people and they don’t just look at the first game — they look at the body of work,” Finebaum said this morning. “I can’t pretend to replicate them because I can’t stand to listen to them every Tuesday night either when they go on ad nauseam about stuff that I don’t understand, but the point is that you have to look at what’s happening now. You have to compute that. What happened on Sept. 1 , the first weekend, should not have that much gravity even thought they did play.”
Notre Dame, of course, beat Michigan during the opening week of the season, so some would surely have an issue with this. However, it’s tough to argue too much with what Finebaum is saying.
The second: Alabama can still lose and make it in – even if that loss is in the SEC Championship Game.
“I was fascinated by LSU being at No. 7,” Finebaum added. “We all watched them lose 29-0 at home, they were ineffective across the board and they didn’t drop very far. And don’t forget — LSU also lost to Florida which lost to Missouri, a mediocre team. What does that tell us? This committee values Alabama supremely. In other words, Alabama has a mulligan.
“If Alabama loses a game, this week vs. Mississippi State, in two weeks to Auburn or the SEC Championship Game vs. Georgia, I think they’re still getting in.”
Will he end up being right? Stay tuned.