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Joel Klatt Gives His Early Thoughts On Alabama-LSU

Joel Klatt speaks during a Fox Sports event.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 07: Reggie Bush, Joel Klatt and Kevin Burkhardt of Fox Sports speak during the Fox segment of the 2019 Summer TCA Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images) *** Reggie Bush; Joel Klatt; Kevin Burkhardt

There can be no doubt that the Alabama-LSU clash on November 9 is the most hyped regular season game since their 2011 meeting. The two teams are ranked No. 1 and 2 in a game that has massive SEC and national title implications.

Ahead of the big Alabama-LSU game, FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt has taken an early look at how they stack up.

During Wednesday's edition of FS1's Lock It In, Klatt pointed to the obvious major X-factor that will play a big role: Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa.

Klatt explained that Tagovailoa's health could sway his decision on who to pick in the game. Tagovailoa is currently battling an ankle injury and missed last week's game against Arkansas.

The Crimson Tide have a bye this week. But after that, his status for November 9 is entirely up in the air.

Via Saturday Down South:

“Everything has to do with Tua’s health... The game plan does not change. You’re not going to have a different game plan for Tua than you would for (backup) Mac Jones because of the style of game that’s going to be.

"I think Tua needs to be 100 percent because there’s a good chance LSU-Bama is going to turn into somewhat of a shootout, even more so than LSU-Auburn. Auburn’s defense has played more consistently and has more veterans than the Alabama defense. Alabama cannot run the football all that well... If Tua’s not healthy, I would lean toward LSU. All of this has to do with their quarterbacks’ health.”

Prior to his injury, Tagovailoa was playing at a Heisman Trophy-caliber level. Though backup Mac Jones completed 81-percent of his passes and had three TDs in Alabama's win over Arkansas, he's still widely considered a downgrade from Tagovailoa.

The Alabama-LSU game will pit two of college football's best offenses against two of the nation's best defenses.

And we may not have a clue as to which side has the edge until the quarterback is announced, which may be just before kickoff.

You gotta love college football!