Paul Finebaum weighs in on how Alabama-Georgia will be affected with Nick Saban not on the field
Alabama coach Nick Saban tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, throwing a wrench into the Crimson Tide’s planning for Saturday’s showdown with Georgia.
Now, it appears Saban won’t be able to be on the sidelines for the contest, and it remains to be seen how much contact he’ll be able to have with his assistants during the game.
On Wednesday night’s “SportsCenter,” SEC Network host Paul Finebaum joined the show and explained how Saban’s absence would affect the outcome of the game (via 247Sports):
“Not only is he the biggest coach in this league, he’s maybe the greatest coach of all time in college football,” Finebaum said. “And on top of that we’re three and-a-half days away from the biggest game of the year in college football as well between Georgia and Alabama, a two-versus-three matchup. And it’s a game that many people thought he would lose, even though they’re favored in Vegas. There were a lot of people wondering after Alabama’s abysmal defensive performance (against Ole Miss): is this the first time one of Saban’s pupils will get him? He’s facing Kirby Smart, of course, and now he won’t be there. That’s a really interesting proposition: the best coach in the game will not be in the biggest game and he’s facing someone who knows every one of his moves.”
The betting line has already shifted dramatically in the aftermath of Saban’s positive test.
Will the Bulldogs be able to pull off the road upset? We’ll see what happens on Saturday in Tuscaloosa.