Who's No. 1 - LSU or Ohio State? Paul Finebaum weighs in
The top four teams are all but set: LSU, Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma; however, the No. 1 ranking is still up for debate ahead of Sunday’s selection show.
The No. 2 LSU Tigers clobbered No. 4 Georgia in the SEC Championship Game 37-10, while No. 1 Ohio State took care of No. 8 Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship 34-21.
The No. 1 ranked team still has yet to win the College Football Playoff, but this year, the top ranking is rather important. LSU or Ohio State would much rather play No. 4 Oklahoma than No. 3 Clemson, and that’s the difference between No. 1 and No. 2.
So, which team will be ranked No. 1? Paul Finebaum joined SportsCenter Sunday morning to discuss.
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“You have three legitimate No. 1s, but I’m going with LSU based on what they did yesterday,” Finebaum said on SportsCenter Sunday morning. “They have not had a great defense all year, and finally, in the last couple weeks of the season, this looks elite. I think that’s tipping the ballot. I respect what Ohio State has done. They struggled a little bit against Penn State and against Wisconsin the second time. They did destroy Michigan though.”
LSU and Ohio State both have stout resumes and could easily justify being ranked No. 1 in the final rankings.
Finebaum had Ohio State ranked No. 1 for much of the season, but he’s changed his tune about LSU in recent weeks. The Tigers are firing on all cylinders with the best player in the country in quarterback Joe Burrow.
The top four teams will be revealed Sunday at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.