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Paul Finebaum's Prediction For The Jalen Hurts, Alabama Situation

Jalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes for a touchdown against the Texas A&M Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 22: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes for a touchdown against the Texas A&M Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

What's going to happen with Jalen Hurts and Alabama? One notable ESPN analyst has recently made a prediction...

Paul Finebaum weighed in on Alabama's quarterback situation. Here's what the ESPN college football analyst thinks will happen.

The SEC guru believes we're a long way away from learning anything. He talked about what he thinks is going to happen on SportsCenter last week.

"Nick Saban has been through this before, buy not quite like this," Finebaum said, per 247Sports. "What will he do? Will he name a starter after spring? I don’t think he will if it’s close. And I might be in the minority here, but I think it will be close. Jalen Hurts is a phenomenal quarterback. We all know his statistics and what he’s done. He had a bad national championship game, but he’s still one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC.

"If Saban is smart, and he is brilliant almost Einstein-like, I think he’ll drag this one as long as possible. He doesn’t want to lose Jalen Hurts before the season begins."

Hurts, of course, was replaced at halftime of the national title game. Tua Tagovailoa came in and played brilliantly, leading Alabama to a comeback national title win over Georgia.

Most now believe that Tagovailoa will be the clear-cut starter heading into the 2018 season. So, Hurts transferring seems like a major possibility.

Finebaum, though, believes this will spill into the fall. He doesn't think Saban wants to lose Hurts.

Is a two-quarterback system possible? Maybe.

"It’s possible with a new offensive coordinator for the third year in a row, so that would be something to consider, but I don’t think Saban likes to do that," Finebaum said.

Alabama will enter the 2018 season with national title hopes once again. The Crimson Tide are No. 2 in ESPN's way-too-early preseason top 25.