If they meet again, will Alabama beat Clemson? Paul Finebaum says 'there's no doubt in my mind' Alabama wins
In many people’s minds, we are in for a fifth consecutive showdown between Alabama and Clemson heading into the 2019 college football season. If the two programs do meet next season, the matchup will have to come in the College Football Playoff.
While the game is viewed as a foregone conclusion to many, the result of that game is just as inevitable to SEC Network host Paul Finebaum.
During his weekly Monday morning appearance on Birmingham-based WJOX 94.5 FM radio show “The Roundtable,” Finebaum reacted to the drama that erupted last weekend between Alabama and Clemson as each program was asked about the other at their respective conference Media Day events.
“Dylan Moses, Nick Saban and the entire Alabama football team doesn’t care about Clemson, doesn’t care about the ACC. They care about what they do. That’s why they are so good year in and year out,” Finebaum offered up during his appearance on the show. “Nick Saban preaches ‘You be the best you can be, we will do the best we can and we will normally win.’ That did not happen in that one case and what Saban has preached all season long was simple – ‘You guys didn’t execute and we didn’t do a good enough job in getting you ready.’ It has nothing to do with Clemson.”
When asked about Saban’s comments regarding the Alabama staff not being fully invested in the team’s latest College Football Playoff run, Finebaum offered up this response.
“It wasn’t an excuse, it was an explanation – and I think it a very honest explanation,” the SEC Network host said.
Following that thought, Finebaum warned Clemson against poking the bear that is Saban’s Alabama football machine. According to Finebaum, there’s no chance Alabama drops two games in a row to the Tigers should they meet next season.
“What Dylan Moses said, he said. He was complimenting Georgia because he’s more concerned about Georgia than he is Clemson,” Finebaum continued. “I think every Alabama fan listening knows if Alabama and Clemson meet again in January, Alabama is going to win the game. There’s no doubt in my mind and I don’t think there’s any doubt in their mind.
“They’ve been down this road before, they are the best revenge team in college football history. They are concerned with themselves and why everyone in that silo called Clemson gets so upset. Why don’t they celebrate? They’ve now won three in the school’s history… Alabama has won five of the last 10, Clemson has won three of the last 150.”