Alabama or Ohio State? Paul Finebaum and Booger McFarland debate
After losing to Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Alabama will likely need some help if it is going to make it to the College Football Playoff.
If Wisconsin wins out and Oklahoma wins the Big 12 title, the Crimson Tide will likely be on the outside looking in.
However, if Ohio State, a team with two losses, manages to upset the Badgers in the Big Ten title game, the CFP committee will have to choose between the Buckeyes and the Crimson Tide. On SportsCenter on Sunday morning, analysts Paul Finebaum and Booger McFarland debated whether Alabama should get in over Ohio State in that scenario.
Finebaum was strongly in favor of Alabama being in the final four, calling the Tide the better team.
“Ohio State has snuck in this thing twice in the last three years,” he said. “Alabama is the better team. Alabama has a loss at Auburn, which has been dominant down the stretch. Compare that with Ohio State losing to Oklahoma and a silly game against Iowa. How is that even a debate?
“We can’t simply look past Alabama beating No. 3 Florida State to open the season.”
McFarland seemed to agree with Finebaum, saying Alabama probably needs Ohio State to win the Big Ten or TCU to win the Big 12 championship game to have a shot at the final four.
“The SEC champion is in,” he said. “The ACC champion is in. Alabama’s fate is going to come down to the Big 12 and the Big Ten.”
A lot has to happen for this to become a legitimate debate still, but it will certainly be interesting to see how things play out over the course of the next week.