Regional News: ESPN commentator: ‘The country does not want to see Utah in the College Football Playoff’

Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) warms up prior to the game with the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium in Seattle on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.
/Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

By Jody Genessy | Deseret News

If Paul Finebaum’s to-do list Wednesday included “Offend Utah” and “Trend nationwide on Twitter,” well, the ESPN commentator got his day off to a splendid start.

A bombastic, disparaging and condescending comment Finebaum made about the University of Utah football team on ESPN’s “Get Up” isn’t making him any friends with fans of the Utes — or people who think college teams outside of the SEC and a few select other traditional powerhouses deserve a chance to play for a national championship.

Finebaum was asked to state his opinion on who will claim the fourth and final spot in the College Football Playoff semifinals if No. 2 LSU beats No. 4 Georgia in the SEC championship, No. 6 Oklahoma defeats No. 7 Baylor in the Big 12 championship and No. 5 Utah downs No. 13 Oregon in the Pac-12 championship this weekend.

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