Could we see two leagues get two teams into the College Football Playoff this year? Paul Finebaum thinks so, at least as of right now.
Every Sunday, Finebaum updates his top four teams following the conclusion of the latest week of games. This morning, he only had two conferences represented in his top four.
Finebaum slotted Alabama and Georgia out of the SEC at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Behind them, he had Iowa and Penn State, both out of the Big Ten.
All four programs are undefeated and coming off big wins this weekend: Alabama routed Ole Miss, Georgia shut out Arkansas, Iowa blasted Maryland and Penn State blanked Indiana.
As for Cincinnati, which is this year’s Group of Five playoff threat, Finebaum has the 4-0 Bearcats on the cusp.
“It’s the team that everyone will be talking about this week. That’s Cincinnati,” he said, via Saturday Tradition. “They’ve been fantastic. Indiana a couple weeks ago; They went to Notre Dame. And if you’re an old-time football fan, this looks really great. They were up 17-0 at halftime. They shut down the Irish. But that was yesterday.”
Perhaps next week at this time, Cincinnati will crack Finebaum’s top four. After all, the ESPN radio host will have to make at least one change to his playoff field.
That’s because Penn State and Iowa will meet in Iowa City on Saturday, and only one team can emerge from that matchup undefeated.