Nick Saban’s squad is heading to the Sugar Bowl as the top-ranked SEC team outside the College Football Playoff field of 4. One of the biggest questions for the No. 5 Crimson Tide is which star players may not suit up to face No. 9 Kansas State.

In the Playoff era, an increasing number of NFL-bound players are deciding to opt out when their teams are not competing for a national championship. Sunday, Saban was asked about QB Bryce Young and LB Will Anderson Jr.

Saban noted both players took part in the team’s most recent workouts, but there would likely be conversations about the bowl game.

Jalen Milroe played quarterback when Young was sidelined by injury this season. Anderson, who ranks second in UA history in sacks and tackles for loss, played in all 12 games this season. He recorded 51 tackles, including 17 for loss and 10 sacks.

The Sugar Bowl is set for 11 a.m. CT on Dec. 31 at the Caesar’s Superdome in New Orleans.