Time to bury the Tide? Rick Neuheisel believes Alabama's CFP run is 'officially over'
Even without quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, some people still think Alabama has a chance to make the College Football Playoff this season.
Rick Neuheisel is not one of them.
Speaking at the Knoxville Quarterback Club on Monday, the CBS college football analyst shared his lack of faith in the Crimson Tide, who will be starting redshirt sophomore Mac Jones at quarterback moving forward.
“Alabama’s run, I think, is officially over,” Neuheisel said at the event, according to Jimmy Hyams of Sports Radio WNML. “I think Alabama is all but cooked [without Tagovailoa]. I think they’re out.”
The Crimson Tide will definitely face more adversity without Tagovailoa, who was a Heisman Trophy contender before suffering a season-ending hip injury during Saturday’s win at Mississippi State.
Jones has passed for 566 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in eight games this season. His lone start came at home against Arkansas on Oct. 26, and he passed for 235 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.
However, Neuheisel shared that he doesn’t think Alabama will pass the eye test with Jones at quarterback.
If the Crimson Tide are going to make the CFP, they need to win their final two games against Western Carolina and Auburn. Even then, they’ll have to leave it in the hands of the selection committee, as they won’t be playing in the SEC Championship Game this season and won’t have an extra chance to prove that they’re deserving of a spot.
On Saturday, Alabama and Western Carolina will kick off at noon ET on ESPN.