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Paul Finebaum Is Still "Concerned" About 1 Aspect Of Alabama

An extreme closeup of ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum from the Cotton Bowl in Texas in 2019.

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

If Paul Finebaum were the least bit athletic he likely would have done backflips this weekend after seeing his beloved Alabama jump Clemson in the AP polls. But despite seeing the SEC titans reclaim the No. 1 ranking, Finebaum does see some lingering concerns.

In his weekly radio spot with 94.5 WJOX, Finebaum expressed concern about Alabama's missing players. Star wideout Henry Ruggs III is injured, as is placekicker Will Reichard. It's unknown if either of those players will be available on October 12 against Texas A&M.

To a lesser extent, he was a bit nervous about Alabama's penchant for giving up late touchdowns. In the past two weeks, Alabama has given up 24 points in the fourth quarter against South Carolina and Ole Miss.

Via Saturday Down South:

“It’s not the fact that seem to give up late touchdowns every week that skew the score a little bit. It’s just that there are so many key players that are missing and don’t know when they’re coming back... that offense can score with reckless abandon, but the defense is going to have to do something for them to win a championship.”

Alabama's offense has been its strength in 2019, but the defense has done its job too.

One can expect that Tua Tagovailoa and company may struggle as the SEC competition gets tougher and tougher. In that event, the defense will surely need to step up in the fourth quarter.