10 things I’m absolutely overreacting to after Week 12, starting with the decision to play Tua – Saturday Down South


I really don’t want to listen to it, a’ight?

Nick Saban blew it — and his final decision to engage in Tua Tagovailoa just altered the Higher education Soccer Playoff chase and maybe his star QB’s NFL long term.

Of course Tagovailoa’s season-ending hip injury is likely to dominate the 10 matters I’m unquestionably overreacting to after 7 days 12 in and all around the SEC.

ten. Very well, Nick, you outsmarted oneself this time

The functional matter was to place Tua Tagovailoa in bubble wrap for 2 weeks and conserve him for Auburn. Which is what I wrotevery last 7 daysin this space. There was no way I would have played Tua versus Mississippi State or Western Carolina. I would have sat him and created confident he was 100% healthy for Auburn.

Yet again, this is not next-guessing following the point. It’s what I wrotefinal 7 days.

Alas, nobody tells Nick Saban how to operate his software.

Now? This extremely likely will be the last engage in we see from Tagovailoa in a Bama uniform.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa goes down tricky, visibly in pain and is remaining helped off the area@AlabamaFTBL | #RollTide pic.twitter.com/vySHyVBufY

— Collin Wilson (@_Collin1) November sixteen, 2019

Once again, why did he participate in?

You can say, oh, it was a hip harm. You can say it was a fluke. Saban called it a freak damage and designed sure to observe it was unrelated to any other personal injury. You could say, like Saban did at halftime, that Alabama needs to block greater so he does not get tackled.

I’d say he could not escape force simply because of his proper ankle.

He shouldn’t have been in the ballgame at any place, a great deal a lot less up 35-7 late in the 1st 50 percent.

Why in the hail is Tua in the match when you are up 35-seven? That will make no perception. None!

— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) November 16, 2019

It’s indefensible. It’s borderline irresponsible.

And it probably just expense Alabama a shot at the countrywide title and, based on the severity of his dislocated hip, may well have cost Tua a shot at getting the No. one over-all choose in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Here’s Nick Saban’s halftime job interview with ESPN on Tua Tagovailoa’s hip injury and the plan ahead of halftime pic.twitter.com/ZKixkhf2Ds

— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) November sixteen, 2019

Much too undesirable?Much too poor? The optics of this job interview were worse than Saban supposed, but the heat he should catch for his final decision? Yeah, too terrible.

nine. Alabama’s Playoff hopes are carried out

They are not the exact group with Mac Jones. It is as uncomplicated as that. That is not an insult. That’s not throwing shade. It is acknowledging the evident.

Alabama gained by 31, so perhaps the Playoff committee will keep them at No. five.

I wouldn’t. There is a new actuality that can not be disregarded.

If this Tide protection ended up as dominant as some of its earlier glory-year versions, I’d be inclined to hear to how, at eleven-one, Bama nevertheless could deserve a No. four Playoff seed. If I really considered it, I’d campaign for it. But this Tide defense is not shut to that.

This Tide crew had to outscore you. And this Tide team, with Mac Jones slinging the arrows alternatively of Tua, just can’t.

Alabama scored 3 details after Tua was carted off with a year-ending injury.

It is about.

No Tua, no reasonable argument for inclusion.

8. Will this effect youthful brother Tualia?

This is a intriguing storyline nobody is talking about. Still.

But if you are the Tagovailoas and your oldest son perhaps just observed his foreseeable future improve simply because of a questionable final decision to perform him when he wasn’t one hundred%, does that alter your feeling of the head mentor?

I never know. The Tagovailoas are deeply religious and probably will see Saturday as aspect of a greater approach. And it’s possible he can recuperate from a dislocated hip and have a effective NFL career. Maybe he’ll still go early in the 1st-round and be established financially for daily life.

But what if this injury is Bo-like?

If it’s as poor as it seemed, the family’s view is absolutely one thing to keep track of shifting ahead.

7. Never at any time rely out Jalen Hurts, Portion 324 …

Oklahoma’s Playoff hopes had been carried out.

Undefeated Baylor, taking part in at residence, led Oklahoma by 25.

It was about.

Nah. It was Jalen Time.

Jalen Hurts, who experienced two early turnovers that contributed to the early deficit, rallied the Sooners with a person of his greatest online games. Obviously, which is declaring some thing.

He engineered the biggest comeback in Oklahoma football historical past. Certainly, that’s indicating anything.

Hurts concluded with 297 passing yards, four passing TDs and 114 yards hurrying as Oklahoma, down 28-three, gained 34-31.

Hurts threw 3 of the TD passes in the next 50 percent, which includes two in the 4th quarter as the Sooners closed with a 24- run to keep in the Playoff hunt.

Hurts won’t earn the Heisman. Joe Burrow will. But Hurts will be in New York to congratulate him.

6. What to do about Mizzou …

Do you get rid of Barry Odom? Do you get rid of Derek Dooley? You presently know you will have a third beginning QB in three a long time up coming year. Do you have any self confidence in possibly at this issue?

Florida’s protection is fantastic, so that should mood some of the overreaction immediately after Mizzou’s most up-to-date offensive dud.

But that is the thing: It was basically Mizzou’s hottest offensive dud. It was not an outlier.

Mizzou has averaged 6.8 factors in its earlier four game titles and scored one TD in its past 3 game titles.

Mizzou is 5-five in a year in which numerous predicted they would contend for an SEC East title.

I was not between that team, nonetheless. In the offseason, I picked Mizzou as 1 of the three teams I assumed would get 3 less online games in 2019 than they did in 2018. It’s possible which is why I haven’t overreacted to some of their past losses. I never imagined this workforce was likely to be that superior.

Mizzou is what it is. The problem for faculty officials is, is that excellent sufficient?

5. Bottom five of Electricity five

The worst of the weak, in purchase of ineptitude, for the reason that the alphabet is significantly much too forgiving.

1. Texas (Significant 12):Can everybody concur that the Longhorns are not, in fact, again? How many occasions do they have to drop ahead of they tumble out of the Best 25 for fantastic?

two. Michigan State’s offense (Massive Ten):For the 4th time in the Spartans’ 5 losses, they ended up held to 10 factors or less. They are twelfth in the B1G in scoring … immediately after ending ahead of only Rutgers in 2018. MSU has not finished bigger than 10th in its convention in scoring because 2015 — and that crew was immediately shut out in the Playoff decline to Alabama.

3. Missouri’s play-contacting (SEC):The misuse of Larry Rountree is puzzling. He has not had a lot more than fifteen carries in any of Mizzou’s past four game titles — again, all losses. He experienced just seven carries Saturday versus Florida.

4. Northwestern (Massive Ten):I’d say they overpaid … but the Cats put up a time-significant 48 details and scored extra than they had in their previous five game titles mixed.

UMass (1-nine) at Northwestern (1-8) right now.

Two seats on the 50 are available for $4.

— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) November 16, 2019

five. Scott Frost, Nebraska (Huge 10):Think about what the extension would have been if Nebraska had been, you know, really great.

4. The four Playoff teams are …

No. one LSU, No. two Ohio Condition, No. 3 Clemson, No. four Georgia.

There is no discussion. No drama. No dispute.

Oregon really should move up to No. five, jumping Alabama. But the Ducks have no opportunity to capture Ga except if Georgia loses. And the Ducks will not pass LSU, either, if the Tigers’ only decline is towards Georgia in the SEC title video game.

Why? Auburn.

LSU conquer Auburn. Ga outlasted Auburn (at Auburn). Auburn defeat Oregon in a neutral-web-site activity. As I’ve pointed out numerous occasions, Oregon’s Playoff hopes hinged on Auburn beating Georgia and Alabama.

Minnesota? I have told you for 2 months do not waste psychological power stressing about the Gophers mainly because they weren’t good plenty of to run the table.

Sorry, Tim Brando. Seize a lifestyle jacket. Much more water is coming.

Meanwhile, in Iowa City #MINNvsIOWA https://t.co/Cik8XxXuwW pic.twitter.com/teVJeL2fDC

— Terrance Donnels (@LSUFreek) November seventeen, 2019

Oklahoma is officially back in the hunt, way too. They’ll be back again at No. 6 when I predict the top 10 on Tuesday early morning.

I’m nevertheless striving to figure out what’s real looking and honest for Alabama.

three. Butch Jones to Arkansas? I like the concept

It is Flight Monitoring SZN, so we used the past week sorting out rumors about Arkansas’ coaching search. I like several of the Group of 5 coaches reportedly drawing fascination, but I really like the idea of Butch Jones obtaining a next probability at Arkansas.

It’s good to problem no matter whether he’s even a candidate. There are reports on each sides.

Desire all you want, but you’re not receiving Mike Leach, except if he’s prepared to retire in 4 a long time, anyway. You are not poaching a effective, well-paid Electricity 5 head coach.

You’re finding someone who warrants a 2nd probability or a Team of 5 kind.

But Jones is the correct variety of in shape for Arkansas: gritty, hard-nosed, a football coach’s football mentor who has had good results in this league.

Tennessee experienced great recruiting lessons, but other SEC teams experienced greater kinds. You could argue Jones got at the very least as a great deal out of that talent as the rankings prompt he should. Which is paramount at a put like Arkansas, which won’t at any time be superior than 4th in SEC West recruiting.

two. Can Jake Fromm truly earn a national title?

His Bulldogs received again, at Auburn, in a Playoff résumé booster. There is no question right after Saturday that Georgia will remain at No. four in Tuesday’s Playoff rankings.

Fromm threw his ideal pass of the season, maybe his ideal pass as a Bulldog, to give Ga early management.

Jake Fromm wished it ALL on this a person. pic.twitter.com/uO8Z56XnSB

— CBS Sports activities (@CBSSports) November sixteen, 2019

Following that?

More issues about his ceiling, his arm energy … his potential to win it all. He concluded with 3 TDs, but the 3rd was a quick swing pass right after a questionable own foul that extended Georgia’s travel. That completion pushed Fromm’s stat line to 12-for-24 for 110 yards.

He completed thirteen-for-28 for a hundred and ten yards, a Vanderbilt-esque 3.nine yards per try. You could argue that in the 2nd 50 percent, counterpart Bo Nix outplayed him.

You can discussion regardless of whether Fromm is the weakest QB in a field that involves Joe Burrow, Justin Fields, Trevor Lawrence, Justin Herbert. I consider he is.

But what you cannot discussion is Fromm has had the poorest time in the group.

It’s possible Georgia’s protection is so superior that it won’t matter. It’s possible Georgia’s protection is so excellent that it can maintain Burrow and LSU to 24 details and acquire the SEC championship. Auburn held Burrow and the Tigers to 23.

But Playoff games are likely to reach the 30s and it’s hard to see this Ga offense receiving there.

one. As in … Joe Burrow’s put in LSU record guide

Yet another 7 days, another broken document.

Burrow by now retains LSU’s solitary-recreation file for TD passes. Every single week he adds to his solitary-year report for TD passes (now 38). Saturday, he broke LSU’s one-time record for passing yards. He now has 3,687.

He’s perfectly forward of pace to crack the SEC marks for passing yards (Tim Couch, four,275) and TD passes (Drew Lock, 44), specially if you account for postseason game titles. He could crack equally in the standard time.

For those who want to be aware that Sofa established the record in eleven game titles in 1998, fine. Just know that he threw 553 passes — an typical of fifty one passes for every sport.

Burrow is averaging 34 passes for each sport — so he couldn’t even get to 553 except if the Tigers performed 16 games — which they just can’t. And he still could possibly crack it in 11 video games.

Admire what he’s executing. It’s historic.