Which team is the SEC's best entering Week 5? Paul Finebaum weighs in
The gap between Alabama and the rest of the SEC West may be closing, but ESPN personality Paul Finebaum still considers the Crimson Tide the best team in the division and entire SEC.
“I’m going with Alabama, but I go with some caution,” Finebaum said during a Wednesday appearance on ESPN program Get Up. “Alabama has beaten essentially four fraternity teams right now, it looks like they are playing for the IFC championship instead of the SEC and the College Football Playoff. You are taking a flier, you are factoring in that Nick Saban probably knows what he’s doing, and I think he does.”
South Carolina fans can’t like being called a fraternity team, but Finebaum is right that Alabama has not been tested as LSU has early this season. LSU won on the road at Texas in Week 2. Alabama won’t face its first ranked opponent until Oct. 12 against Texas A&M.
On Nov. 9, Alabama will host LSU it what appears to be a game that will decide the SEC West. Finebaum admitted Wednesday he almost went with the Tigers as the SEC’s best team.
“I’m tempted to go with LSU,” Finebaum said. “But I’m still with Tua (Tagovailoa). He has the best wide receiver core in the country. Where have we heard that before? And I just think when they finally see some competition, maybe on Nov. 9, they will be ready.”
Georgia is also in the discussion for SEC’s best team and are ranked right in the middle of No. 2 Alabama and No. 4 LSU at No. 3 in the polls. Auburn and Florida are also ranked in the Top 10, giving the SEC five of the top 10 ranked teams in the country heading into Week 5.