Skip to main content

ESPN's Paul Finebaum, Danny Kanell Say Alabama Can't Win A National Championship With Blake Sims At QB

ESPN college football analysts Paul Finebaum and Danny Kanell appeared on a "SportsCenter" segment together this afternoon. 

Kanell, a former Florida State quarterback, and Finebaum, a popular radio personality and member of the SEC Network's, were originally discussing their projections for the College Football Playoff. 

">@dannykanell 's top 4 teams » pic.twitter.com/Y7YYRbxLGC

— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB)

.@dannykanell 's top 4 teams » pic.twitter.com/Y7YYRbxLGC

— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 15, 2014

">September 15, 2014

The conversation then shifted to Alabama and its quarterback situation. Kanell said his reasoning for leaving the Crimson Tide out of the playoff centers on Blake Sims, the redshirt senior who has started every game for Nick Saban's squad thus far this season. Kanell said he doesn't know if Alabama can score enough to beat Auburn or Texas A&M with Sims at quarterback.

"I have Auburn, Texas A&M, and Alabama in the SEC West, in that order," Kanell later said on SVP & Russillo. 

Kanell went as far to say that Alabama can't win a national title with Sims starting. 

Finebaum, somewhat surprisingly, agreed with Kanell, claiming that Saban will need to put Florida State transfer Jacob Coker behind center at some point this season. 

">September 15, 2014

Sims has thrown for 646 yards , four touchdowns, and one interception this season. Coker, in backup duty, has passed for 248 yards and a touchdown. 

Alabama hosts Florida this Saturday.