Alabama’s Playoff Hopes Hinge on Texas A&M After Tua Tagovailoa Injury

  • With the loss of their superstar quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, to a dislocated hip on Saturday, Alabama will not be expected to make the College Football Playoffs for the first time since their inception.
  • Many sportsbooks have already pushed their odds out to win the national championship to +2,000, well behind Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia, and LSU.
  • But with a little help from Texas A&M, Alabama could still make another title run.

With the loss to LSU, the Alabama Crimson Tide found themselves in an unusual position—on the outside looking in of the College Football Playoffs. Now, after the loss of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to a dislocated hip on Saturday, their window is going to get smaller than it’s ever been during the CFP era.

However, the window is still open for Alabama despite the loss of Tagovailoa. They will not be viewed as the threat to win it all as they were with him, but Alabama is still an excellent football team. An argument could be made that nothing has changed as far as the team’s playoff hopes are concerned. But their case for inclusion in the playoffs now becomes much more interesting, right, Tim Tebow?

Alabama still has to win out. Mac Jones has appeared to be good enough for the Tide to do just that. They will look different in their final two regular-season games, but they can still beat WCU and Auburn. Just like before the injury to Tagovailoa, they are going to need help if they are to make the playoffs.

It looks like the most likely source, and their best chance, is going to be Texas A&M.

How The Aggies Can Help Alabama Make the Playoffs

For Alabama to get in, someone inside the top four is going to need to lose; LSU and Ohio State may even need to lose twice. Ohio State could potentially lose two with games remaining against Penn State, Michigan, and probably Minnesota in the Big Ten title game. But Ohio State is going to be favored to win all three and likely will. So, it may be more likely that LSU drops two.

This is where…

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