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ESPN Analyst David Pollack Thinks 'It's Over' For Alabama

David Pollack gets surprised live on ESPN.

David Pollack on air for ESPN.

Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide picked up a costly win over the weekend, as star wideout Jaylen Waddle suffered a season-ending injury on the opening kickoff. It's an injury that could very well affect their chances of winning a national title.

In five games this season, Waddle had 25 receptions for 557 yards and four touchdowns. He's considered the most explosive wide receiver in the country by a pretty wide margin.

Though the Crimson Tide have plenty of talent on their roster to overcome a huge loss like this, ESPN analyst David Pollack is seriously concerned about Saban's team moving forward.

During this week's 'CFB Podcast With Herbie, Pollack & Negandhi,' Pollack went so far as to say that Alabama's title hopes are over because of Waddle's injury.

“I think it’s over for Alabama," Pollack said. "If you’re just talking about winning a national title, I don’t think they can win one without Jaylen Waddle.”

One of the reasons that Pollack isn't so confident in the Crimson Tide moving forward is because you can't replicate Waddle's speed.

"Yes, Alabama has recruited at a high level, but you don’t have guys with 4.2 speed sitting around - well, Bama did last year with Ruggs and Waddle. When you look at their game plan and what they do, this team runs the football and uses play action. They stack DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle together because you can't jam them. So I think this is a huge blow."

Fortunately for Saban, his offense still has two standout receivers in John Metchie and DeVonta Smith. Additionally, the offense has one of the best tailbacks in the country in Najee Harris.

Waddle's injury might not affect Alabama during the regular season, but his absence could be a huge factor during the College Football Playoff.

[CFB Podcast With Herbie, Pollack & Negandhi]