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Sport Football Four: Tua Tagovailoa's injury changes outlook, while Georgia grabs No. 4 spot.

20:00  17 november  2019
20:00  17 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Tua Tagovailoa re-injured in Mississippi State after lobbying to reenter game

  Tua Tagovailoa re-injured in Mississippi State after lobbying to reenter game The Alabama quarterback was unable to leave the field on his own power.Tagovailoa, with Alabama up 35-7 and enough time remaining for one final drive in the half, was seen lobbying to reenter the game for one final drive. He was injured on third play of the ensuing drive; he left the game on an injury cart, unable to put any weight on his right leg. He also seemed to have suffered a facial injury.

After an impressive 42-28 win over No. 7 Florida in Week 7, LSU moved up to the No. 2 spot in CFB rankings.

Then Tagovailoa came along and changed everything. The Tagovailoa injury certainly puts Alabama' s chances at the playoff chances under even more scrutiny. It was Georgia that moved into the No . 4 spot last week, edging out Alabama.

Deep in the heart of Texas, the conversations early Sunday morning in a hotel lobby were dominated by two topics: The radical twists and turns of Oklahoma 34, Baylor 31.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is assisted by team personnel after an injury during the second quarter against Mississippi State. © Matt Bush, USA TODAY Sports Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is assisted by team personnel after an injury during the second quarter against Mississippi State.

And Tua.

It was probably like that in a lot of places. Your local team’s fortunes. And Tua’s terrible misfortune.

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The dislocated hip suffered by Alabama’s quarterback rattled throughout college football, overshadowing a Saturday that had some important developments that didn’t seem so important. After leading a wild comeback, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts expressed sadness about his friend’s injury, saying:

Alabama QB Tagovailoa carted off field vs Mississippi State

  Alabama QB Tagovailoa carted off field vs Mississippi State STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was carted off the field after being dragged down by two Mississippi State defenders, a tackle that left him favoring his right leg and hip. Fourth-ranked Alabama was leading 35-7 with 3:01 left in the first half when Tagovailoa, who had surgery on a sprained right ankle nearly a month ago, was injured. Mac Jones replaced Tagovailoa, who did not join the team on the sideline after halftime. The latest injury appeared to be different from the ankle sprain. The hard hit knocked off Tagovailoa’s helmet and left him with a bloody nose.

No . 4 Georgia The Bulldogs clinched the SEC East with their win at Auburn, and as long as they avoid an upset over the next two weeks against Texas "As for football , three weeks remain in the season, and the selection committee doesn't project ahead." It is unlikely that Tagovailoa ' s injury will impact

Tua Tagovailoa is the latest Crimson Tide player to undergo Knotless Syndesmosis TightRope treatment to repair an ankle injury ahead of a primetime Tua Tagovailoa ' s impressive recovery from a high ankle sprain has brought a wave of attention to Alabama doctors’ preferred surgery technique.

“It hurt me to hear it. A great friend of mine. I’m praying for him and his family. I hope everything works out for him and his family.”

So do we all.

There wasn’t much change to the Football Four – and very possibly, Tagovailoa’s loss didn’t alter Alabama’s eventual fate – but it feels like something very significant changed, and for the worse.

Elsewhere, LSU won big, but gave up big numbers. Ohio State won against Rutgers in a rout, starters getting plenty of R&R once again, and when someone asked running back J.K. Dobbins whether he was ready for “four-quarter games” against Penn State and Michigan, he countered: “Why does it have to be a four-quarter game?”

Good question.

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Don't blame Saban for Tua's injury in Alabama's win

  Don't blame Saban for Tua's injury in Alabama's win Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went down with a potentially serious hip injury, but it wasn't Nick Saban's fault he was still in the game.Alabama led 35-7 when Tua Tagovailoa, chased by a pair of Mississippi State defenders, went to the ground hard with what appears to be a severe hip injury.

Tua Tagovailoa injured his hip while being dragged down by tacklers late in the first half on what was likely his last series and No 4 Alabama went on to bear Mississippi The junior had been nursing an ankle injury that needed surgery four weeks ago, but Alabama coach Nick Saban said it was unrelated.

The injuries for Tua Tagovailoa the past few years have been brutal. pic.twitter.com/VUNdMzxos0. Tagovailoa was already playing with a banged up ankle, so there were questions why he was in the Georgia clinches SEC East with victory over Auburn. No. 1 LSU survives scare, puts up 58 in victory

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What else? Georgia produced its most impressive win of the season. Oregon crushed Arizona. Oklahoma, as noted earlier, rallied from a 25-point deficit against a very good opponent. Utah won big.

And so on. The contenders continued to win, and the Football Four bracket didn’t change all that much – but everything feels sadly different.

As always, remember we pick the bracket as if the season was over today.*

Football Four

1. LSU – The Tigers weren’t really ever in danger of losing at Ole Miss, but … well, hey, Ole Miss piled up 614 yards. Six. Hundred. Fourteen. Sure, call it a letdown if you must. After beating Alabama, that was to be expected. But consider it a concern, too. As powerful as that offense has been all season, the defense has been routinely porous. 

2. Ohio State – Another week, another rout – not that anyone (and by anyone, we mean anyone) expected anything different against Rutgers. But now comes a test from Penn State, followed immediately thereafter by that annual little affair with Michigan. 

Tide: Tagovailoa suffered dislocated hip, expected to make 'full recovery'

  Tide: Tagovailoa suffered dislocated hip, expected to make 'full recovery' Alabama said Tua Tagovailoa suffered a hip injury and is expected to make a full recovery. People close to the situation added that Tagovailoa had a posterior wall fracture.RELATED: Tua hurt in Alabama's win

Heisman Trophy candidate Tua Tagovailoa threw two touchdowns before leaving with a hip injury in the second quarter Saturday as the No The severity of his latest setback is unclear. The Crimson Tide' s defeat at the hands of the Tigers pushed their College Football Playoff hopes to the brink.

Tua Tagovailoa ’ s injury takes a star from sky and injects doubt into playoff forecast. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa grimaces after suffering an There’s the four -team College Football Playoff, a concept in its sixth season that has never occurred without Alabama, almost as if Alabama’s

3. Clemson – Finally, it appears college football nation has caught on to the fact that these Tigers are not just slipping past opponents. They’re shredding them. The next talking point from detractors is that it’s hard to know what to make of it, considering the ACC’s cushiony softness. OK, then. Whatever makes you feel better.

4. Georgia – That loss to South Carolina ain’t getting any better – but what matters more: The Bulldogs are stacking up some impressive wins. A 21-14 win at Auburn gives ‘em three over very, very good opponents. Still, Georgia’s playoff path to the playoff includes winning the SEC championship, or else.

Four More**

5. Oregon – Last week we had the Ducks at No. 4. (We know, we take a clean sheet of paper into these meetings each time, as though we hadn’t done the Football Four a week earlier – but we did rank ‘em last week, and you know it and we know it.) They blew out Arizona, holding the Wildcats without a touchdown. Nothing wrong with holding at No. 5

6. Oklahoma – Who are these Sooners? Depends on which half you watched. In the first half, they fell behind Baylor by 25 points. They trailed at halftime by three TDs. Oh, and then they roared to a road victory over a previously unbeaten team with a dominant second half. Whatever Oklahoma is, it’s still in the thick of the Football Four chase.

Report: Tagovailoa's injury could cost him entire 2020 season

  Report: Tagovailoa's injury could cost him entire 2020 season Tua Tagovailoa's injury that will prevent him from playing again in 2019 could have a major ripple effect that lasts throughout 2020 and even 2021. Tagovailoa, who was widely expected to be a Top 5 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft before his injury, was ruled out for the year after he dislocated his hip against Mississippi State. Per early reports, and amid the discussion over his return to Bama and next steps, he could potentially be out for the entire 2020 season, be that at Alabama or with a professional squad.

Tagovailoa was injured while being dragged down late in the first half, with the Tide up four touchdowns, and No . 4 Alabama went on to STARKVILLE — What figured to be Tua Tagovailoa ' s final series of the day against Mississippi State ended with Alabama's star quarterback being carted

Hearing Tua Tagovailoa ’ s hip injury is serious. Additionally, there are four games in which both teams are ranked — No. 23 Navy at No. 16 Notre Dame, No . 4 Georgia at No. 12 Auburn, No. 8 Minnesota at No. 20 Iowa and No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 13 Baylor.

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7. Utah – The Utes are the best team no one is talking about. Blowing out UCLA won’t exactly produce a ton of style points, and there’s only one real opportunity to grab everybody’s attention: The Pac-12 championship matchup with Oregon. But starting with the defensive front, Utah is really, really good.

8. Alabama – The Crimson Tide won but lost Tua Tagovailoa. The horrific injury to a transcendent quarterback is obviously more important than the Football Four, but as it relates to the Tide’s already iffy chances of getting into the four-team bracket – well, they’re lessened. Sure, we’re going to hear comparisons to Ohio State, back in 2014, with Cardale Jones. But even if Mac Jones, who’ll take over for Tua, is spectacular, there’s a fairly large difference: Those Buckeyes won the Big Ten. Even if Alabama beats Auburn to finish 11-1, it is unlikely to have much of a shot in comparisons with conference champions.

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A Few More After That***

Minnesota – The unbeaten season crashed in Iowa, and it’s very possible the Gophers were flat after that huuuuuge win a week earlier against Penn State. They rallied from a 20-3 deficit but couldn’t quite get it done.

What Trevor Lawrence said about Tua Tagovailoa still being in game when injury happened

  What Trevor Lawrence said about Tua Tagovailoa still being in game when injury happened Alabama coach Nick Saban received some criticism after Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa's season-ending injury Saturday afternoon against Mississippi State. Tagovialoa suffered a dislocated hip after taking a hit with Alabama leading 35-7 late in the second quarter, leading some to question why he was still in the game. Saban explained afterward that Alabama wanted to get Tagovailoa some work in the two-minute drill. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the potential No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, understood the reasoning and explained how the Tigers make decision as far as when he is pulled with a big lead.

Getty Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa . There are few coaches in the sports world more respected than Perhaps the biggest disappointment to come from Tagovailoa ’ s injury is what is going to happen to If he’s no longer seeing draft projections for him to be a top-10 pick, he should really consider coming

Georgia up to No . 4 , while Minnesota and Baylor fall out of top 10 in Amway Coaches Poll. The Tigers received 55 of 65 first-place votes to keep the No. 1 spot following a victory at Mississippi. The Bulldogs finished 17 poll points ahead of the Crimson Tide to claim the fourth spot .

Penn State – The Nittany Lions found a way past pesky (and good, y’all) Indiana. But now comes a trip to Columbus and a tilt with the Buckeyes.

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Baylor – Up 28-3 in the second quarter and 31-10 at halftime against Oklahoma, the Bears were poised to go 10-0 – and then, well, see No. 6 Oklahoma, above. Baylor is still in position to reach the Big 12 championship game and a probable rematch with those Sooners.

Florida – The Gators aren’t in the Football Four picture, but they aren’t bad at all. If they can beat Florida State – they should, but you know, rivalry games and all –  they’re headed for a New Year’s Six bowl.

Futile Four****

Texas – Not long after the Longhorns’ 23-21 loss at Iowa State, longtime Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls tweeted: “Something is broken at Texas.” Whether that’s true or not, who knows – but clearly, all is not right. The ‘Horns are 6-4. Instead of the breakthrough many expected in Year 3 under Tom Herman, Texas is closer to a breakdown.

Auburn – This game is fun to play, and yet frustrating, too: Where would Auburn sit in the ______ Conference? These Tigers are really, really good – or at least, their defense is. But nearly coming all the way back from a 21-0 deficit against Georgia, at home … sigh. None of the Tigers’ losses are bad – except that at Auburn, they’re all bad losses.

Arizona – For much of the season, Arizona’s biggest problem was defense. That’s still an issue – but here’s another: At Oregon, the Wildcats went without a touchdown. Kevin Sumlin juggled quarterbacks Grant Gunnell and Khalil Tate; neither was effective. It was their sixth loss, and with Utah looming a bowl game seems unlikely.

NFL scouts believe Tua Tagovailoa could still be top ten pick

  NFL scouts believe Tua Tagovailoa could still be top ten pick Tua Tagovailoa's recent hip injury may mean the end of his college career, but may not have as big of an impact on his NFL draft prospects as was previously feared.Three NFL evaluators told Matt Zenitz and Mike Rodak of al.com that they would still expect Tagovailoa to go in the top half of the first round, and possibly still in the top ten.

Tua Tagovailoa ’ s injury has been ruled a dislocated right hip and the Alabama quarterback will miss the rest of the season. Tua Tagovailoa sustained a right hip dislocation that was immediately reduced at the stadium. He is undergoing further testing to determine the best course of treatment.

Tua Tagovailoa ' s health was a major storyline ahead of No. 5 Alabama's game on Saturday at Mississippi State, but his injured ESPN's Adam Schefter soon reported the injury was considered to be a "very serious." Tagovailoa was playing well to that point and looked OK after he gritted through

Michigan State – Late in a rout, Michigan tacked on a gratuitous touchdown pass just to drive home its point. But the larger point in a 44-10 home loss to their rivals was just how far the Spartans have sunk into mediocrity. Given the remaining schedule (Maryland and Rutgers), it’s certainly possible the Spartans get to a bowl. But it seems increasingly likely the program is headed for major change.

* The season is not over today.

** Don’t be worried that your team sits just outside the cut. This is a weekly snapshot. And what do we know, anyway?

*** See the previous note, but it’s OK to be slightly concerned or very angry. But what do we know, anyway?

**** No note necessary.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Football Four: Tua Tagovailoa's injury changes outlook, while Georgia grabs No. 4 spot.

Tua Tagovailoa's odds to go No. 1 plummet after hip injury .
Tua Tagovailoa's odds to go No. 1 plummet after hip injuryHe appeared to be on the right track to maintaining that status atop the class, but a dislocated hip suffered against Mississippi State last weekend put an end to his impressive 2019 campaign.

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