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Alabama was a staple in the national title race, especially in the College Football Playoff, under Nick Saban. Now, with Kalen DeBoer taking over in Tuscaloosa at the dawn of the 12-team field, their odds will be a little more left to be determined.
Still, even with the start of the season over six months out, Paul Finebaum likes the Tides’ chances. As he said during an appearance on ‘McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning’ on Monday, he thinks that ‘Bama should still have more than enough to be one of the dozen teams to make a playoff appearance and compete for a title next fall.
“I would have them, right now, in the playoff,” said Finebaum.
“I still think that there are so many great players on that team. And I think DeBoer is a very competent coach,” Finebaum said.
The only issue is that, as of now, Finebaum has Alabama no better than third out of the Southeastern Conference. He could even see them behind one or two other teams after that. That would put them towards the back of the playoff’s potential pack either way when you consider the other conference’s who would earn berths across the country.
“I’m not sure I could go much more than that because I think the SEC? That’s not really how we’re going to do it. But I see them at least behind Georgia and Texas. I think that they’re in the next group. They’re in the next group with a couple of schools like Ole Miss and Missouri. I think that they would probably be my next school.”
However, with 12 spots available, Alabama has more leeway to find a route in than in years past.
While he expects them to pick up a couple of losses during the course of DeBoer’s debut season, Finebaum sees them getting at least the one win that will get them in in the end.
“It’s going to come down to one game – and I’m not playing games here. But I see Alabama losing a game or two. It’s just a matter of that one game,” said Finebaum. “Do they win it and get in the playoffs or not?”
“I think, right now, I favor them getting in,” Finebaum said.