Paul Finebaum praises Nick Saban for running up the score on Michigan in Citrus Bowl
After trailing Michigan 16-14 at halftime of Wednesday’s Citrus Bowl, Alabama turned it on in the second half, scoring 21 unanswered points, including 14 in the fourth quarter.
That last touchdown made the final score 35-16, and it angered certain Michigan defenders.
However, during an appearance with Mark Heim and Lee Shirvanian on “The Opening Kickoff” on WNSP-FM 105.5 on Thursday, SEC Network host Paul Finebaum called the win a total domination by the Tide (via AL.com):
“People kept texting me asking me what are you going to say after Alabama completely destroyed Michigan and I don’t have anything else to say,” Finebaum said. “I genuinely feel sorry for Jim Harbaugh.
“I was always told growing up don’t pick on people who aren’t your size, and right now Jim Harbaugh is a very small man in college football. Not that I’m a bigger or better man. I’m just not going to pick on him.”
Finebaum also said he thinks most of America was happy that Nick Saban put Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh in his place:
“I’ve never heard Nick Saban say anything about another coach nor have I ever seen intentionally run up the score on anyone until yesterday,” Finebaum said. “We all know that could’ve easily ended before it did. I think Saban was showing some of the frustration of the season and showing some of the past frustration of Jim Harbaugh calling him a cheater.
“He decided, you know what? My foot is on his throat. I’m just going to kick him one more time. I felt like the college-football world cheered Saban yesterday in doing that. I know I did. Leave it to Nick Saban in a game against a middle-of-the-pack Big Ten team with an additional score at the end to make a statement to end a season with most Alabama fans feeling good about themselves.”
Do you agree with Finebaum’s take on Alabama’s final score?