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Paul Finebaum Has 1 Major Program On 'Upset Alert' Next Week

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.


It's been an okay first three weeks of the 2020 college football season. But we're getting the real meat and potatoes of football in Week 4 now that the SEC is ready to play, and Paul Finebaum has his eye on one game down south.

Appearing on ESPN's SportsCenter on Sunday, Finebaum revealed that he'll be watching LSU vs. Mississippi State next weekend. He feels that the combination of Mike Leach joining the Bulldogs and all of the departures from LSU will make for a much more compelling game than last year.

“Mississippi State at LSU,” Finebaum said. “Mike Leach in the SEC, playing the defending national champs. What’s interesting about LSU, who is not there? Let’s start with Joe Burrow… the two coordinates are gone. It’s a complete wipeout, and they’re still a preseason top 10 and the fans think they’re going to do it again. Whether they will or not I’m not too sure. But I really can’t wait to see Mike Leach, he has a graduate transfer quarterback (KJ Costello) from the west coast. It may not decide the national championship but it’s intriguing to say the least.”

It certainly sounds like Finebaum has Mississippi State vs. LSU on upset watch this weekend. The Tigers will be at home and boast the No. 6 ranking in the country as of last week's AP poll.

But as Finebaum mentioned, the Tigers have lost a ton of people who were essential to their success in 2019.

Joe Burrow, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Ja'Marr Chase, K'Lavon Chaisson, Grant Delpit, Joe Brady and Dave Aranda are just a few of the players and coaches who have moved on.

We haven't seen how Mike Leach will implement his Air Raid offense yet. But he's given plenty of great coaches headaches through the years.

Maybe Paul Finebaum is on to something here...