On Tuesday night, the first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2019 season came out. While there were a few surprises, the top five teams in the AP and Coaches’ Polls took the top five spots in the playoff rankings – albeit in a different order.
Penn State jumped Clemson in the playoff rankings, taking home the No. 4 spot. However, the Tigers won’t have to wait long to jump up.
No. 2 LSU and No. 3 Alabama face off on Saturday afternoon, and the loser will fall behind Clemson in the rankings.
Alabama and LSU are likely playing for the chance to represent the SEC West in the conference title game. The winner also has a legitimate shot to make the College Football Playoff – assuming they take care of business in their remaining games.
A major question mark facing the Crimson Tide before next Saturday’s game is the health of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Before the game kicks off, head coach Nick Saban updated the status of his star quarterback. Saban revealed Tua practiced this week, but is still a game-time decision.
Nick Saban on the #SEC teleconference.
“Tua is practicing and doing OK in practice. It’s still going to be a game-time decision as to whether he plays in the game or not."
— Brett Hudson (@Brett_Hudson) November 6, 2019
It sounds like Tagovailoa will be back on the field for the game against the Tigers next weekend. However, if he’s forced to miss the game, the Tide will once again turn to Mac Jones.
Jones completed 18-of-22 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns against Arkansas last Saturday.
Alabama enters as a touchdown-favorite, but that line could change if Tua can’t play.
Stay tuned for the latest before the game.