The Alabama Crimson Tide have two outstanding quarterbacks in Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts. When Tagovailoa went down with an injury in the SEC title game, Hurts stepped in and led a dramatic comeback — the exact opposite of what happened in last year’s National Championship Game, when Tagovailoa played hero.
This postseason, the Tide are preparing to take on Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl — a College Football Playoff semifinal matchup.
On Tuesday, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley talked about the challenges of preparing for both guys, saying the Sooners won’t get caught off-guard:
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“The one good thing for us is that we do have a lot of tape on both of these guys,” Riley said. “So we’re able to study. Some of the more difficult times are when you’re getting ready to face a guy who hasn’t played much, or at all, which we’ve had several of those over the past few years.
“Now, it doesn’t make it any easier — they’re both tremendous players. They’ve both won a lot of football games for Alabama.”
It seems as if Tagovailoa will get the start, but Riley and the Sooners will do their best to be prepared for whoever starts at quarterback for the Tide.