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What’s Eating Paul Finebaum?

The SEC champion is getting really irked by the ACC lately and it’s only July.

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For some reason, SEC propagandist Paul Finebaum is really getting bent out of shape about ACC football.

It’s kind of hard to understand honestly. Whatever else you can say about the Situational Ethics Conference, it has great football. Almost anyone would agree that it is, year in and year out, better than the ACC.

They get that and we get the sport of the 21st Century. It’s all good.

But Finebaum seems to be on a real jihad lately, ripping the ACC twice just this week, basically over what he perceives as competitive weakness.

Here’s the question though: assuming he believes the SEC is vastly superior, as he seems to, then why is he so worked up about this?

We have a theory.

He’s a bit freaked out about the ACC Network.

The ACC’s footprint overlaps with the SEC’s of course, but the ACC’s is much bigger and the networks are going to compete to an extent, particularly in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

That said, SEC football is better for now and for the foreseeable future.

The other thing that is clearly getting to Finebaum?

Clemson’s success.

The Tigers play in a weaker league, but have certainly done well against SEC teams.

Finebaum is so invested in the SEC that he can’t handle the idea of Clemson rising above it.

And with two national titles in the last three years, a possible generational talent at quarterback, the Tigers’ run may not be over yet.

So that means that Finebaum’s sniping probably isn’t done yet either. Wait until Florida State and Miami get back up to snuff.

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