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Paul Finebaum Thinks A Top College Football Program Has A Major Problem

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.


If you were ranking the most-disappointing college football teams in 2018, Auburn would have to be pretty high on the list.

The Tigers are 7-4 on the season and seem primed for a 7-5 finish with a game against No. 1 Alabama this weekend.

ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum thinks the Gus Malzahn-led program has a major problem.

Finebaum said this morning on WJOX that while Malzahn could make some big changes to his coaching staff, the same issues will remain.

“I think so because there are so many other things going on, and really it’s because of his contract. There hasn’t been as sharp a focus on what happens,” Finebaum said of assistant coaching changes. “There’s no getting around it. This is a movie, this is a song that we’ve seen almost every other year. Ultimately that stops with Gus Malzahn, but changing coaches doesn’t really solve the problem.”

Malzahn will need to change the way he handles his coaching staff, according to Finebaum.

“I hear Auburn fans all the time saying he won’t let coordinators, especially offensively do their job. That’s a decision he’s going to have to make,” Finebaum said. “The number on the buyout isn’t going to make any difference if it’s a year from today, and we’re all here having the same conversation.”

Alabama and Auburn, meanwhile, are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. on Saturday. The game will be on CBS.