Paul Finebaum looking forward to 'paper tiger' Notre Dame being humbled by Georgia
One of the more anticipated games at Georgia in recent memory is set for 8 p.m. on Saturday night in a nationally-televised game against Notre Dame on CBS.
It’s only the third meeting ever between the programs, as Georgia fans in the thousands have looked forward to this since they invaded Notre Dame Stadium two years ago for QB Jake Fromm’s first career start and, ultimately, victory. Ticket prices are soaring for this game, and prices around the hospitality industry are following suit, from hotels to Airbnb bookings. ESPN’s “College GameDay” is also set to be on campus.
But despite all of that, SEC Network host Paul Finebaum believes the Fighting Irish don’t stand much of a chance. In his regular weekly appearance on Birmingham-based WJOX, 94.5 FM program “The Roundtable,” Finebaum said it’s only a matter of time before Notre Dame is exposed, and Georgia has the ability to do that.
“I don’t know how anyone in their right mind believes Notre Dame can win this game,” Finebaum said. “Georgia is one of the more complete teams in the country, Notre Dame is not. They have a good quarterback, but they have so many missing aspects, and again the Notre Dame fans want to tilt their collective nose toward the sky, and act like the world of college football revolves around them, it doesn’t. Notre Dame is barely relevant in the conversation of college football powers.”
Finebaum added that he’s aware that Brian Kelly won a coach of the year award last year, and the Fighting Irish began 12-0 before a loss to Clemson. But he said the No. 7 team in Notre Dame doesn’t measure up alongside the No. 3 team in Georgia.
“I’m not overly impressed with them,” Finebaum said, and added the strength of schedule last year between the elite SEC teams and Notre Dame was striking. “What we’re going to be talking about Saturday night is Notre Dame simply wasn’t ready for this, they’re not equipped, and that’s probably why they try to dodge playing in the ACC, because they’re a paper tiger.”