ESPN FIRST TAKE | Paul Finebaum tells us if LSU is better than Alabama and if Oklahoma is finished

ESPN FIRST TAKE | Paul Finebaum tells us if LSU is better than Alabama and if Oklahoma is finished


HOW ABOUT JIM HARBAUGH GETTING THE BIG WIN? PAUL FINEBAUM IN THE HOUSE. GOOD TO SEE YOU AS ALWAYS. PAUL: THANK YOU. MOLLY: FEEL LIKE THERE’S A LOT WE NEED TO GET TO. SO I’M GOING TO MOVE FAST. STEPHEN A.: SPEAK UP, PAUL. THAT’S JIM HARBAUGH THEY’RE CELEBRATING. WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU ON THIS ONE. PAUL: I’M GOING TO BE BENEVOLENT AND NOT CRACK RIGHT BACK AT YOU, STEPHEN A. I’VE GOT SOME THINGS YOU’VE BEEN SAYING, TOO. STEPHEN A.: YES. PAUL: LISTEN, YOU KNOW, I DON’T WANT TO TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM BEATING NOTRE DAME, THAT’S NICE. BUT UNTIL JIM HARBAUGH BEATS OHIO STATE, I’M STILL GOING TO BE SUSPICIOUS OF HIS TALENTS AT MICHIGAN. AND I BET YOU ARE, TOO, STEPHEN A. MAX: PAUL, WHAT ABOUT THE FACT THAT, WE’RE ALL SAYING ONE THING YOU GOT TO DO IS BEAT OHIO STATE. WHAT OTHER WIN DOES HE HAVE SINCE COMING BACK FROM THE PROS? IF THIS IS CLEARLY HIS BEST WIN, RIGHT? I CAN’T THINK THE TOP OF MY HEAD, BEATING AN UNDEFEATED TEAM — PAUL: NO, LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS YEAR. HE WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA AND GOT — AND LOST BY A TOUCHDOWN. YOU KNOW, THE LAST TIME WE SAW HIM IN A SIGNIFICANT GAME, HE LOST AT OHIO STATE A COUPLE YEARS AGO, LIKE LAST YEAR, BADLY. YEAH, I MEAN, I DON’T WANT TO HARP — HARP ON JIM HARBAUGH BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, MICHIGAN FANS THINK THEY JUST DISCOVERED A CURE FOR POLIO. SINCE THEY BEAT NOTRE DAME. I MEAN, LISTEN, IMY HAPPY FOR YOU, WOLVERINES. MOLLY: IT WAS A BEATDOWN. PAUL: YOU PUT THAT NEXT TO THE 1 1/2 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS YOU’VE WON — MOLLY: WOW. PAUL: ALABAMA WON A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP LAST WEEK, I THINK. MOLLY: YOU KNOW WHO’S THROWING SHADE AT YOU? URBAN MEYER’S WIFE SHELLEY. YOU CAME OUT WITH FIERY COMMENTS ABOUT BRIAN KELLY’S FUTURE AT NOTRE DAME, MAYBE URBAN SHOULD GO THERE. TALK TO ME ON ALL. THIS PAUL: ALL I WAS SAYING WAS AFTER SATURDAY NIGHT, IT’S PRETTY OBVIOUS THAT BRIAN KELLY IS NEVER GOING TO WIN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AT NOTRE DAME. LISTEN, HE LOST BY 28 TO ALABAMA A COUPLE YEARS AGO IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. HE LOST BY 27, THAT’S AN IMPROVEMENT, TO CLEMSON LAST YEAR IN THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF. WE MENTIONED THE GEORGIA GAME. AND LET’S BE HONEST, HE’S A GOOD COACH. HE WAS NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR LAST YEAR. BUT HE’S NOT URBAN MEYER. URBAN MEYER HAS WON THREE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND THREW AWAY TWO OR THREE MORE. ALL I SAID WAS IF NOTRE DAME WAS WISE, THEY WOULD BUY BRIAN OUT, LET HIM GO TO THE NFL, I’M SURE HE COULD RUIN SOME FRANCHISE THERE, AND BRING URBAN MEYER IN. I’M NOT CRAZY ABOUT URBAN MEYER. I THINK THE FOLKS THAT WATCH THIS SHOW KNOW THAT. BUT IF YOU WANT TO WIN AND NOTRE DAME FANS ARE, THEY’VE SOLD THEIR SOUL BEFORE, THEY CAN SELL IT AGAIN AND HIRE URBAN MEYER. THAT’S ALL I’M SAYING. STEPHEN A.: WELL, MY RESPONSE TO THAT WOULD BE THE QUESTIONABLE HEALTH — MAX, I’LL LET YOU GO, BUT THE QUESTIONABLE HEALTH OF URBAN MEYER. IT SEEMS LIKE EVERY JOB HE’S BEEN AT, YOU KNOW, THERE’S SOME HEALTH ISSUES THAT PROP UP. HE’S NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER AND NONE OF US ARE GETTING ANY YOUNGER. THAT WOULD BE MY LONE CONCERN. EVEN THOUGH I KNOW URBAN MEYER IS GREAT, HE’S FORM NATURAL AS A HEAD COACH, AND HE’LL WIN ANYWHERE HE GOES, YOU KNOW, THERE’S A WHOLE BUNCH OF COACHES, PAUL, THAT ARE DAMN GOOD COACHES THAT JUST AIN’T GOING TO WIN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. SO I DON’T KNOW IF I’M ABOUT BRIAN KELLY — PAUL: WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT MICHIGAN. WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT MICHIGAN HERE, STEPHEN A. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT NOTRE DAME. THERE’S A LITTLE DIFFERENT OF THEIR SELF-WORTH. MICHIGAN FANS ARE HAPPY WITH MOREABLE VICTORIES. NOTRE DAME FANS THINK KNUTE ROCKNE IS STILL COACHING THERE. THEY EXPECT TO PLAY FOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. THEY’RE NOT GOING TO WIN THEM UNDER BRIAN KELLY. MAX: YOUR POINT HOLDS WATER, PAUL, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU CONSIDER IF YOU LOOK AT THE FORTUNES OF OHIO STATE, FOR EXAMPLE, AND THE LAST COUPLE DECADES VERSUS NOTRE DAME, IT’S NOT LIKE ONE’S WARM WEATHER, ONE’S COLD WEATHER. IF ANYONE HAS AN INSTITUTIONAL ADVANTAGE, IT’S NOTRE DAME. WHICH HAS A NATIONAL FOLLOWING STILL. PAUL: IT’S INTERESTING IF YOU GO BACK TO 2005, URBAN MEYER WAS WOOED BY NOTRE DAME. HE CHOSE FLORIDA OVER NOTRE DAME. A LOT OF CONTROVERSY ABOUT WHY. SOME PEOPLE MAINTAIN THAT FLORIDA OUTRECRUITED NOTRE DAME. OTHERS WILL SAY THAT HE REALLY WANTED THE NOTRE DAME JOB. HE WAS ON THE STAFF THERE. HE’S ON RECORD AS SAYING IT WAS HIS DREAM JOB. HE HAD A CLAUSE IN HIS CONTRACT HE COULD GET OUT TO GO THERE. BUT THE WORD WAS THAT THEY WOULD NOT BUDGE ON ACADEMIC ADMISSIONS. I HAVE A HARD TIME BELIEVING IN 2019 WITH ALL THE THINGS THAT NOTRE DAME HAS DONE THAT MAKE YOU WANT TO GO, OOH IN THE NIGHT, THEY WOULDENY A CHANCE TO GET A REALLY GOOD COACH. BY THE WAY, HE’S NOT THE ONLY COACH OUT THERE. HE’S THE ONLY COACH OUT THERE THAT’S AVAILABLE WITH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CREDENTIALS. MAX: OKLAHOMA, MEANWHILE, FALLS TO KANSAS STATE. ARE THEIR PLAYOFF HOPES DONE? PAUL: THEY’RE DONE. VIRTUALLY NO WAY BACK. AND I KNOW THE PEOPLE AT THE STAATS DEPARTMENT WILL COME UP WITH A SMALL PERCENTAGE, BUT YOU DON’T LOSE A GAME LIKE THAT. AND THEY DON’T HAVE A PATH. THEIR BIG WIN IS OVER TEXAS? I MEAN, TEXAS IS THROWING UP ALL OVER THE STATE RIGHT NOW. AND YOU KNOW, THEY DO PLAY — OKLAHOMA HAS BAYLOR COMING UP. THAT WOULD BE A REALLY GOOD WIN, BUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO GET THEM IN THE PLAYOFF. THEY WILL NOT TRUMP A ONE-LOSS ALABAMA-L.S.U. OR EVEN A ONE-LOSS PENN STATE OR OHIO STATE. MOLLY: LET’S TALK ABOUT L.S.U. I’M SURPRISED STEPHEN A. HASN’T BROUGHT THIS UP YET. STEPHEN A.: I WAS GETTING READY TO. MOLLY: ALABAMA. DO YOU THINK THERE’S A CHANCE THAT TUA WILL BE BACK. THEY BOTH HAVE A BYE. WE GOT A LOT OF FORMER L.S.U. PLAYERS RUNNING AROUND HERE. GOING TO BE A BIG MATCHUP. PAUL: I BELIEVE HE WILL BE. NICK SABAN HAS BEEN VERY UPBEAT IN TALKING ABOUT HIS RETURN AND I’M CERTAINLY NOT A SOOTHSAYER, BUT I BELIEVE HE’S GOING TO BE IN THE GAME. AND IT GIVES ALABAMA A MUCH BETTER CHANCE. MACK JONES LOOKED GREAT AGAINST ARKANSAS. MAX KELLERMAN WOULD LOOK GREAT AGAINST ARKANSAS. AND I JUST DON’T TRUST HIM TO BEAT L.S.U. I MEAN, JOE BOROUGH RIGHT NOW, STEPHEN A., AND MAX, IS THE BEST QUARTERBACK IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL. TUA CERTAINLY CAN MAKE A CLAIM FOR THAT. JALEN HURTS HAS BEEN FANTASTIC. FIELDS HAS BEEN FANTASTIC. BUT I WAS DOWN IN BATON ROUGE THE OTHER DAY AND JOE BURROW IS THE REAL DEAL. STEPHEN A.: WELL, HE’S THE REAL DEAL SO FAR. WE’LL SEE WHAT HE LOOKS LIKE WHEN HE GOES UP AGAINST THE CRIMSON TIDE. LET ME SAY THAT. PAUL: THAT’S TRUE. STEPHEN A.: BUT I DO NEED AN EXPLANATION FROM YOU, PAUL. I MEAN, LISTEN, WHY IS ROLL TIDE, WHY ARE THEY NUMBER TWO IN THE NATION IN THE A.P. POLL? HOW COME I SAW YOU ON TV THE OTHER DAY HAVING L.S.U. AHEAD OF ALABAMA? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? I MEAN, I THINK I SAW ONE OF YOU GUYS HAD ALABAMA AT NUMBER THREE — PAUL: THAT WAS ME. STEPHEN A.: BEHIND L.S.U. AND OHIO STATE. HOW? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? PAUL: STEPHEN A., UNLIKE YOU, I DON’T HAVE THAT S.E.C. BIAS. SO, YOU KNOW, I HAVE OHIO STATE NUMBER ONE. MOLLY: PAUL’S REALLY ON FIRE TODAY. I LOVE SPICY PAUL. PAUL: I THINK OHIO STATE IS THE MOST COMPLETE TEAM IN THE COUNTRY. I THINK L.S.U. IS NEXT. AND LISTEN, I KNOW, EVERYONE KNOWS THAT GAME WILL DECIDE A LOT. I THINK THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF COMMITTEE, WHEN THEY COME OUT OF THEIR CAVE NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT S. GOING TO HAVE L.S.U. NUMBER ONE, AND THEY MAY VERY WELL HAVE OHIO STATE NUMBER TWO. BASED ON WHAT WEFF SEEN. ALABAMA DOESN’T HAVE A GOOD WIN, STEPHEN A. I MEAN, THEIR BEST WIN OF THE YEAR IS GETTING YOU AS A SPEAKER BACK IN AUGUST. STEPHEN A.: I THINK THEY NEED ME BACK. I THINK THEY MIGHT NEED ME BACK FOR THIS GAME. I THINK THEY MIGHT NEED ME BACK. PAUL: I MEAN, — MOLLY: STEPHEN A., I THINK YOU’RE BUSY ENOUGH. MAX: FLORIDA UPSET GEORGIA? WHAT’S THE SHOT? PAUL: I THINK THE TREND LINES FAVOR GEORGIA. LISTEN, I BELIEVE THEY’VE BEEN FANTASTIC. I DON’T WANT TO DIS THEM NOW I’M HEADING DOWN TO THAT GAME THIS WEEKEND. I AM A BLIND BELIEVER IN THE FAITH OF KIRBY SMART. MOLLY: PAUL, I THINK — STEPHEN A.: ARE Y’ALL READY FOR THIS BEFORE WE GO? THIS IS THE ONE TIME THAT I WOULD BEAT THEE DUDES, ANYBODY ON A FOOTBALL FIELD. MARCUS SPEARS AND RYAN CLARK ON THE SIDE WITH L.S.U. AND I’M STANDING ON THE SIDELINE WITH ALABAMA. I BELIEVE THAT I WOULD WIN THAT MATCHUP ON A FOOTBALL FIELD. ONLY TIME ON EARTH I WOULD BEAT RYAN CLARK AND MARCUS SPEARS IN FOOTBALL. MOLLY: I BET YOU THOSE TWO ARE GOING TO TRY TO BE AT THAT GAME. STEPHEN A.: THEY AIN’T GOING TO SHOW UP. THEY SFARED. MARCUS SPEARS AND RYAN CLARK IS SCARED. MOLLY: MARCUS WILL HAVE TO WORK ON SATURDAY. HE’LL DEFINITELY HAVE TO BE WORKING. PAUL: STEPHEN A., YOU’RE GOING TO BE IN A SLING AGAIN, STEPHEN A. MOLLY: OH, MY GOODNESS. PAUL, YOU KNOW WHAT I THINK IS HAPPENING? I THINK ALL THIS TIME IN NEW YORK IS RUBBING OFF ON HIM. HE’S GOT NEW YORK ROOTS — PAUL: PUT THE CAMERA ON ME. IT’S SITTING IN THIS CHAIR. MOLLY: THAT’S WHAT IT IS? PAUL: I’M IN THE KING’S THRONE AND SOMETHING HAPPENED TO ME. MAX: I THOUGHT IT WAS BECAUSE — PAUL: I’M NO LONGER THAT MEEK, INTROVERTED KID FROM ALABAMA. MOLLY: NO. STEPHEN A.: HEY! ROLL TIDE. MOLLY: MY GOODNESS. ALL RIGHT, PAUL. APPRECIATE YOU. IS ANTHONY DAVIS AEA

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  1. Finebaum : Harbaugh needs to beat a really good team
    After he beats Notre dame by 31 pts : he needs to beat Ohio state not just any good team

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