Paul Finebaum has followed the SEC long enough to draw comparisons between programs during different eras, and the current example is Florida and Alabama.

During his regular appearance on Monday on WJOX and the “McElroy and Cubelic In the morning,” Finebaum said the Gators remind him of Alabama before Greg McElroy arrived in Tuscaloosa.

“Alabama went through this period of 15 or 20 years when almost everything that could go wrong, did go wrong,” Finebaum said. “However, it didn’t stop the fans, and Cole, you played during this era, but no matter, like 2006 … you’re doing a show in June and you know Alabama is going to have a losing season, or go 6-6, and you go to the (phone) lines and ‘Alabama is going to win a national championship.’ That’s how Florida fans are. They cannot accept that they are really a mediocre program right now.”

Finebaum added that Florida fans refuse to acknowledge that it’s been a long time since the Gators won an SEC or national championship. Instead, they focus on the close loss against Alabama last season.

“You tend to give them way too much credit when realistically, how can you put them anywhere above 3 or 4 in the SEC East,” Finebaum said. “… Tennessee has been their best friend, guys. Every time we think that Florida is about to slip, they beat Tennessee early in the season.”

Paul @Finebaum of the @SECNetwork joined @MacandCube to discuss the state of @GatorsFB and make a comparison to @AlabamaFTBL‘s pre-Nick Saban era.

Hear the whole interview w/ Paul here: