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ESPN's Paul Finebaum: This Game Won't Be Close Today

Paul Finebaum speaks on his show on ESPN.

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ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has issued his predictions for today's College Football Playoff semifinal games.

The SEC personality thinks one of the two semifinal contests will be somewhat uncompetitive.

Finebaum doesn't see the No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Oklahoma game being close.

"The defense is where this game will be decided," Finebaum said on SportsCenter this morning. "Oklahoma doesn't have a defense."

Finebaum thinks Alabama will win comfortably.

"I don't think Oklahoma can keep up with Alabama," Finebaum said. "Alabama 48, Oklahoma 31."

Finebaum had expounded on his thoughts earlier in the show:

“By no means is this Alabama's best team (under Saban) and they've certainly been more complete, but offensively Alabama has never — not in this era or any time in its history — had a quarterback like Tua (Tagovailoa)," Finebaum said. "He's explosive. He has a bevy of wideouts that's better than anyone in the country. But it's Tua that everyone is going to be watching tonight, especially Tua’s health. We’ve heard about that now for several weeks. We’ll hear about at least up until kickoff at 8 p.m. (ET) tonight."

Finebaum thinks Kyler Murray will be a challenge for Alabama, but the Crimson Tide will end up pulling away.

"I think (Alabama) respects him. There’s no way you can’t respect him," Finebaum said. "Whether they agree he’s the best quarterback in the country is something else. I don't think they do. But they also believe they have a defense Kyler Murray has not seen before. That’s the confidence Alabama has on that side. They know he's going to score. Nick Saban has said that.

"If you stop Kyler two or three times in the game, you’re probably going to win.”

Alabama and Oklahoma are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T.

The game will be on ESPN.