Paul Finebaum explains why UCF will beat LSU in the Fiesta Bowl
One of the biggest days in college football has arrived, and two significant bowl games are on tap for SEC teams.
LSU will get a stern test from UCF as the Knights look for their 26th straight win in the Fiesta Bowl. Meanwhile, Georgia is looking to make a statement in the Sugar Bowl against Texas following the lackluster performances in the semifinal games that Georgia faithful figured the Bulldogs should have been in. ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum, during an appearance on SportsCenter, offered thoughts on the UCF-LSU and Georgia-Texas games.
Among the storylines is UCF looking for its second straight bowl win over an SEC opponent.
“I think there’s great significance for the little guys out there, the Group of 5 and all those not quite sitting at the elite table with the Alabamas, and the Clemsons and the Ohio States,” Finebaum said, according to 247Sports. “This isn’t quite the stakes of last season when UCF was the only undefeated team. That’s why their fans claimed a national championship. They can’t do that this year because of Alabama and Clemson, but they will have a parade and they’ll beat an SEC team. And that’ll hurt because Ed Orgeron won’t get to 10 wins and the season will end badly for him.”
The performances by Notre Dame, in a loss to Clemson, and Oklahoma, in a loss to Alabama, may help motivate Georgia to show why it deserved to be in the College Football Playoff, Finebaum said.
“There was a narrative going into this game a couple days ago that maybe Georgia wouldn’t be motivated, but I think what happened Saturday will motivation them,” Finebaum said. “They have a chance to prove again that the (Playoff selection) committee got it wrong. And by winning tonight and looking impressive, that’s what the takeaway will be for many people. That Georgia should’ve been in there.
“It doesn’t matter now, but I think it does to Kirby Smart’s team. This is the team that gave Alabama the best game of the season and a win tonight over a good Texas team, not a great one, they can walk out of the season with their heads high.”
If those picks are correct, they would certainly add fuel to the offseason discussion of CFP selections, and how to handle Group of 5 teams that appear deserving enough to make the Playoff.