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College Football Insider Makes Prediction For Alabama's Week 1 Starting Quarterback

Jalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Tua Tagovailoa #13 celebrate after winning the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Tua Tagovailoa #13 celebrate after winning the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

We're nearing the start of the college football season, which means a number of big decisions coming up for coaches that have quarterback battles on their hands. The Alabama quarterback battle is among the most intriguing in the country, given the stature of the program and the two players: Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa.

There's a very good chance that the battle winds up dragging into the season. Nick Saban has done that a few times in recent years, when he wasn't ready to name a starter.

However, most seem to think this year's Alabama quarterback battle is all but wrapped up.

Associated Press college football writer Ralph D. Russo just gave a prediction for the Alabama quarterback battle between Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa.

He is going with the conventional wisdom here, and thinks that Tagovailoa will ride the momentum from last year's national title game and a reportedly strong camp to the starting job.

Russo has been fielding college football fan questions on Twitter and registered his prediction that Tagovailoa will start Week 1 for the Crimson Tide.

Tagovailoa is definitely the favorite at this point, but it wouldn't be terribly shocking if Hurts got the start, if Saban hasn't made a final decision by then. However, it seems like the job is Tua's to lose at this point.

A few days ago, Tagovailoa looked like the much more impressive passer during a scrimmage, according to former Tide defensive back Will Lowery, who had the chance to watch.

SEC Network's Paul Finebaum, who is very tapped in to the Tide, also thinks that this one is just about over.

During an episode of his radio show last week, Finebaum said that he "doesn't know how much longer Nick Saban is going to be able to camouflage this quarterback competition" and intimated that the real quarterback battle is for the No. 2 spot.

We'll find out in a few short weeks. Alabama plays Louisville in Orlando, Fla. on September 1 to open the season.