We're less than two weeks away from the College Football Playoff semifinals. Alabama will take on Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl for the right to play for the national title.
There is still no official word on if Tua Tagovailoa will be able to play in that game. Tagovailoa injured his ankle in the second half of the SEC Championship Game against Georgia.
While Tagovailoa hasn't been declared a full-go for the matchup against the Sooners, today's update from Nick Saban is an encouraging one.
Saban called his sophomore signal caller "ahead of schedule" in his recovery.
If Tagovailoa can't go, Jalen Hurts will fill in for him. As we saw against Georgia, that isn't a bad thing at all. Hurts has plenty of experience and can hold his own in a spot like this.
However, the Crimson Tide offense is at its best if Tagovailoa is at the helm. He is the better passer of the two, which allows Bama's playmakers on the outside to take games over with the ball in their hands.
We might not get a full update on Tagovailoa until right before game time, but it certainly appears he's on the right track.
Alabama and Oklahoma will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 29. ESPN will broadcast the game.