Paul Finebaum makes early, definitive pick for Notre Dame-Georgia game
Paul Finebaum has made it clear since the start of the week that the Notre Dame-Georgia game will not be much of a matchup. The SEC Network host sees a lopsided affair and he laid it out Tuesday morning during a segment on ESPN’s “Get Up.”
“I’m expecting what always happens when Notre Dame goes on the road against a top 5 team — they get destroyed,” Finebaum said. “You hate to call a game on a Tuesday, but I’m calling it. Notre Dame is not going to compete in this game, they do not matchup up well with Georgia. Georgia is so much faster. They have a very solid quarterback, so does Notre Dame, but Notre Dame cannot compete in this environment.”
Finebaum noted that in the last meeting in 2017 in South Bend, Indiana, Georgia QB Jake Fromm had his coming out party, and not many knew much about him. Then he led the Bulldogs to a national championship game.
“I do not think this game will be close,” he said. “Brian Kelly can’t win games on the road against really great competition.”
Georgia is favored by about 13 1/2 points in the game which is set to kick off at 8 p.m. and be televised on CBS. It’s widely viewed as the most significant non-conference game in Athens in several decades as ticket prices and other build-up to the game have skyrocketed, especially in recent weeks.