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Nick Saban Must Play Tua Tagovailoa to Beat Georgia in College Football Playoff Final

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Jalen Hurts is the starting quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Jalen Hurts deserves to be the starting quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Jalen Hurts WILL be the starting quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide next Monday when they face the Georgia Bulldogs in the championship game. Got it?

Ok, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, Nick Saban is going to be faced with a tough decision. Hurts has been receiving (fair or unfair) criticism for his inability at times to effectively punish teams with his arm. While Hurts does an exceptional job at avoiding mistakes and committing turnovers, he has struggled the past two years with consistently finding open receivers downfield, most notably receivers coming open across the middle.

As for Tua Tagovailoa, I’m not calling for him to come in and save the day. That would be a travesty and a disaster waiting to happen should Saban throw him in the fire as a starter in the most important game of his life to date. However, I do believe he should leak that Tua is being prepped to possibly come in for a series or two.

Why?

Well, Kirby Smart knows Saban. He knows his tendencies, and he knows what he wants to do. Not only that, he knows Jalen Hurts and how to attack him and how to game plan to limit his effectiveness. You know who he doesn’t know about? That’s right, Tua Tagovailoa.

Whether Tua plays one snap, one series, or more — it is imperative that he is ready to go and prepared mentally to play in this game. This is where the proverbial chess match comes in where Georgia’s defensive coaches spend extra time preparing for someone with stellar arm talent who they have heard can be effective in the passing game. Urban Meyer did this with Tim Tebow his freshman year to spell Chris Leak for moments just to give defenses something else to worry about and a changeup to throw everyone in a tailspin.

Jalen Hurts is the leader of this team. This is his moment to bring home a championship as the starting quarterback for a team he’s helped bring a SEC Championship, and back-to-back title game appearances. With a couple wrinkles to the offense, these two can bring Saban his coveted sixth ring.

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