Paul Finebaum has high praise for the SEC’s 2024 schedule pairings. Finebaum joined the SEC Network broadcast of the 2024 opponent reveal on Wednesday night.

“I think this is one of the most exciting, meaningful, seminal moments in the history of the Southeastern Conference,” Finebaum told Dari Nowkah.

While there is plenty of excitement from a fan perspective of so many SEC games featuring Oklahoma and Texas, Finebaum was quick to identify a Sooner game that will serve as a special reunion.

“Just to think about Josh Heupel taking his Tennessee team back to where he made his name in Norman (Oklahoma),” Finebaum said. “Think about Alabama returning (to Oklahoma) – I covered that the last time there.

“When you flip it around – Georgia and Florida going to Texas. Georgia is the team everyone is shooting for.”

Finebaum also brought up the recent disappointment that the SEC would not be adopting a 9-game conference schedule for the first season with 16 teams.

“… [A]ll the critics and all the cynics said that the SEC blew it, that they didn’t do the right thing and go to 9 (games),” the network host remarked. “I want to see 9, I think most people do. But they did an amazing job, and I think they shut everyone up tonight.”