The Alabama Crimson Tide were stunned by unranked Texas A&M last weekend and their loss created chaos in the College Football Playoff picture.
When the latest AP Top 25 rankings were released, the Crimson Tide dropped to No. 5. Despite the loss, Alabama still has an opportunity to reach the playoffs, but they will likely need to win out which would include a meeting with No. 1 Georgia in the SEC Championship.
It is certainly possible that Nick Saban’s squad can do just that, but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum doesn’t see it happening.
Finebaum appeared on ESPN’s Get Up! to discuss Alabama’s chances the rest of the season, when he said that the likely meeting with the Bulldogs will ultimately keep them out of reaching the College Football Playoff and end their opportunity to repeat as national champions.
“I don’t think I’ve gone against Alabama in 10 years but I’m betting my house against them this time,” Finebaum said, as transcribed by The Spun. “I don’t see it because they have to play Georgia.
“They can negotiate the rest of the season and they probably will. If you look at the FPI, they don’t have what I would call a really dangerous game. Well, of course, I didn’t think Texas A&M was a dangerous game, but to beat Georgia, they have to do things they haven’t done this year. And quite frankly, Heather already laid out the Georgia template. I don’t see it happening.”
Finebaum has a point.
The Bulldogs have been steamrolling the competition with their high-scoring offense and their incredible defense. They haven’t shown many weaknesses, while Alabama has shown they are not unbeatable.
Of course, if anyone can lead his team back to the postseason by winning out, it’s Nick Saban, so we will have to wait and see if he can work his magic.
Up next for the No. 5 Crimson Tide is a road game against Mississippi State this weekend, before returning home to host the Tennessee Volunteers. Let’s see how they are able to shake off the loss.