Paul Finebaum says Florida exposed Alabama as 'beatable,' weighs in on Dan Mullen vs. Pete Golding
Paul Finebaum has changed his view of Alabama following the 31-29 win over Florida in the Swamp. At the start of the season against Miami, Alabama looked very strong, but in the weeks since, and especially in light of the latest game, that feeling has changed, at least with the SEC Network commentator.
Finebaum made his regular appearance on WJOX out of Birmingham, Alabama on the “McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning” show on Monday and was asked how big are his concerns about Alabama based on what he saw against Florida.
“They’re a lot higher than they were 2 weeks ago,” Finebaum said, “when I thought this team looked unbeatable, they do look beatable now. … But you have to be a little bit concerned. Having said all that, anyone looking at this schedule before the season knew this was going to be one of those 2 or 3 dangerous spots, and quite frankly after starting the game so well, Alabama did everything it could to put itself in a position to lose, which it almost did.”
McElroy believes it was more Florida taking advantage of some of Alabama’s inadequacies and some things the Crimson Tide need to get cleaned up.
“Big picture, it’s about Alabama, but Greg, as you get deeper into the matchups and the game, Dan Mullen versus Pete Golding is not a fair fight,” Finebaum said. “I’m saying even odds. I don’t look at the game like you guys do … sometimes you get misled by people who see individual players in practice and they cumulatively say there’s just no way anybody can move on this Alabama defense. We now know that isn’t true. But I also think we have to be realistic.”
Finebaum also added that a father of an Alabama player was still surprised at how loud the Swamp was, even though they were told by coaches and media ahead of time.
“Until you experience Florida in a tight game, you don’t quite comprehend what the hype is all about,” Finebaum said.
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