ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum believes there's a new favorite for the Nov. 9 showdown between No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 LSU following the injury to Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Finebaum now thinks that the Tigers are the favorite with Tagovailoa's status uncertain.
“It completely changes the dynamics of Nov. 9, and I think it changes the dynamics to favor LSU,” Finebaum said on WJOX Monday morning.
Tagovailoa suffered a high-ankle sprain in Saturday night's win over Tennessee.
Nick Saban released a statement on Sunday, confirming that Tagovailoa will miss this week's game against Arkansas.
“Tua Tagovailoa suffered a high-ankle sprain last night against Tennessee. Our physicians performed a successful tight-rope procedure on his right ankle this morning. This is the same injury, but the opposite ankle that Tua injured last season. Tua will miss next week’s game against Arkansas, but we expect a full and speedy recovery," he said.
Tagovailoa, meanwhile, has reportedly already told his teammates he'll be back for the LSU game.
Alabama and LSU are set to meet in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday, Nov. 9.