Of all the games left this season, nothing will match the hype of Ohio State-Michigan.
Paul Finebaum talked up the rivalry game while on ESPN’s Mike & Mike on Tuesday, saying the game will “suck all the oxygen out of college football.”
The SEC Network analyst thinks the Big Ten is the conference with the best chance of sending two teams to the College Football Playoff.
“I just sense that the Michigan-Ohio State game is going to suck all the oxygen out of college football as we build toward that game, assuming they both get there — and I think they will. If it is an epic game, I know it’s late and I know the committee doesn’t like non-conference champions, but I think it would be the last thing in our mind, particularly if it comes down to a last play.”
Later on Tuesday, Finebaum and fellow analyst Marcus Spears were asked if Michigan would beat Ohio State this season.
Both said “no” without hesitation.
“No, because of J.T. Barrett,” Spears said. “J.T. Barrett is the truth. Ohio State is rolling, his leadership has risen these young guys’ level of play. To me, Ohio State right now could be easily No. 1 in the country in college football.”
Finebaum didn’t beat around the issue either: “No chance. I still love Ohio State.”
Ohio State won at Michigan in 2015, 42-13. Michigan hasn’t beaten Ohio State since 2011, when the Wolverines won 40-34.
This isn’t the first time this season Finebaum had strong words about Michigan. While on his show a couple weeks ago, Finebaum grew frustrated when a Michigan caller voiced his disappointment over a lack of respect.
“Is there a more pathetic fan base in America than the University of Michigan? What a whiny and sniveling bunch,” Finebaum said.
It seems Finebaum is still waiting for Michigan to prove itself this season.