Should Alabama sit Tua Tagovailoa until the Iron Bowl? Tim Tebow has a somewhat surprising take
Alabama has three more games left in the regular season, and barring a complete collapse by LSU, the Crimson Tide aren’t going to the SEC Championship Game. However, sitting at No. 5 in the College Football Playoff rankings, the Tide’s Playoff hopes are still alive.
One of the three remaining games is unlike the others — Auburn. Alabama plays Mississippi State Saturday, and then it hosts Western Carolina next week before the Iron Bowl. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is coming off a very good LSU game even in the loss, and he is said to be a game-time decision for Saturday’s matchup against the Bulldogs.
Tim Tebow joined SportsCenter Saturday morning, and he was asked if Alabama should sit Tagovailoa until the Iron Bowl. The former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, who would probably never miss a game if he could walk, had somewhat of a surprising take.
“I think they totally should be considering it,” Tebow said Saturday morning on SportsCenter. “But for more reasons than just trying to get a win or heal up Tua. Listen, it’s a beauty pageant (between Alabama and Oregon for No. 4 in Playoff Rankings). So, Alabama needs to do everything they can to say, ‘You know what? We barely lost to LSU, and we had to sit Tua the next week because he had a hurt ankle and he couldn’t be back for two more weeks until the Iron Bowl.’ Then, you get a big win against Auburn in the Iron Bowl against maybe a top 10 team.
“I think that would be the wisest thing to sit this young man. You know he’s going to comeback healthy and comeback ready to go. I think it would be a wise thing. Also, the committee can look at it and say, ‘He was so hurt against LSU, he couldn’t even play the next week.’ You know Saban’s thinking about it, too.”
Tebow apparently thinks sitting Tagovailoa the next two weeks would be a strategic play for the Playoff committee. We guess Nick Saban would think the exact opposite — he’s all about winning.
Another way to look at this would be that Alabama needs to score as many points as it can in the next three games to impress the committee, because it’s potentially a beauty pageant between the Tide and Oregon for that last Playoff spot.
We’ll find out in a matter of hours whether Tagovailoa will play against Mississippi State or not.