Paul Finebaum went to bed thinking Penn State deserved to make the College Football Playoff.
But when he woke up Sunday morning, he apparently changed his mind — barely.
While on ESPN on Sunday, Finebaum shared his Top 4, with Washington beating out Penn State for the last spot:
- Ohio State
Why not Penn State? The 39-point loss to Michigan on Sept. 24.
“I went to bed late last night after watching the game, thinking that Penn State deserved to go in,” Finebaum said. “I tried to take emotion out of it. I woke up and said, ‘You know what, I can’t get over that.’ Just a devastating loss.”
Finebaum said the No. 4 debate made for “the most difficult choice on the board.”
Though Finebaum said he was underwhelmed by Washington’s non-conference schedule of Rutgers, Idaho and Portland State, he said the Huskies delivered in conference title game. Washington routed top-10 Colorado, 41-10.
Finebaum doesn’t have Penn State in his top 4, but he made it clear he’s still very impressed by what coach James Franklin and his team have done this season.
“I hate to argue against Penn State, because I don’t think anyone in this country watching can fail to admire the job James Franklin has done this year,” Finebaum said. “It’s good enough to get to the Rose Bowl. I just don’t think it’s good enough to make the national championship.”
Though many are arguing between Ohio State or Penn State as most deserving, Finebaum said the Buckeyes shouldn’t and can’t be left out. He said Ohio State won convincingly at Oklahoma, destroyed Nebraska and then beat Michigan “in the game of the year.”
“I don’t know how you leave Ohio State out,” Finebaum said. “I think if you miss Ohio State, you miss the boat completely.”