Paul Finebaum names his top 4 teams, and 1 big surprise, after SEC's Week 9 action
With the 2020 college football season entering its stretch run, we have a pretty clear picture of who the top teams in the nation are.
On Sunday morning’s SportsCenter, SEC Network host Paul Finebaum ranked his top 4 teams.
Per Finebaum, the top 4 is made up of Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Clemson (via 247Sports):
“No. 4 we start with Clemson and it’s hard to believe they’re 4, but they lost and they didn’t play yesterday,” Finebaum said. “But they have a path back, of course, being the ACC championship rematch with Notre Dame. At No. 3, they had a rough outing yesterday, the Ohio State Buckeyes. They still won, but they played their best competition of the year. Justin Fields struggled but the Buckeyes are sitting there at 3 behind Notre Dame. We’ll see them after Thanksgiving against North Carolina. The Irish are itching for a chance to get back to the College Football Playoff.
“At No. 1, there really isn’t any dispute anymore, Alabama is clearly the No. 1 team in the country. They demolished Kentucky yesterday and they have Auburn this week in the famous Iron Bowl. The final team, America’s sweetheart, how can you not love Northwestern? Pat Fitzgerald is a phenomenal coach and everyone’s crazy after that big win yesterday over Wisconsin.”
Can a non-Power 5 team like Cincinnati or BYU slip into the Playoff picture? It’ll probably take a loss by 1 of Finebaum’s top 4 teams for that to become a possibility.