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Tennessee’s upset win over Alabama was among the wild results in college football that caught the attention of Paul Finebaum, but there were plenty of others. Michigan’s steamrolling of Penn State and Utah’s win over USC were others that could shape how the rest of the college football season looks. Finebaum joined Matt Barrie on ESPN’s College Football Week 7 recap and outlined how the rest of the season could play out.

“Well, Alabama is looking in from the outside,” Finebaum said. “I think that’s obvious. And I think we are looking at a couple iconic showdowns down the road. We had one yesterday — the USC loss at Utah I felt was pretty easy to predict. It barely happened, but it was easy to predict. I think the Tennessee-Georgia game, the Ohio State-Michigan game is becoming the defining game of the season to some respects, and it may not mean that much depending on what is going on. Clemson, I think has been very sneaky-quiet, but is also in a phenomenal position. Somebody said ‘Do you realize they have Syracuse this week?’ Actually, I didn’t until someone reminded me.”

Alabama still controls its destiny to get to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game, but the Crimson Tide have no margin for error. Clemson, meanwhile, survived a road test at Florida State. The Tigers have wins over prominent teams in the ACC Atlantic Division in Wake Forest, NC State and now the Seminoles, and are in full control heading into their game against Syracuse.

“So I think it’s been a fascinating season,” Finebaum said. “I still think it’s going to take a little time to shape this thing out. You would be foolish to rule Alabama out. I’m going to see Lane Kififn this weekend, and still, I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around what exactly Ole Miss has done this year. I love Lane, you love Lane, but their biggest win is over Kentucky with a banged-up Will Levis. By the way — a game they should not have won. They have a chance. But I think they’re in a dangerous stretch here.”

Ole Miss is 7-0 after its win over Auburn and get Alabama at home in late November. That is a matchup that could decide the SEC West. Away from the south, Finebaum gave major props to Michigan, who is poised to head into the season finale at Ohio State at 11-0.

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“I did not see this Michigan train coming down the tracks, but good for Jim Harbaugh,” Finebaum said. “And I bet he’s glad he didn’t get the Vikings job.”



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