It's entirely understandable Nick Saban opted to deploy a hobbled Tua Tagovailoa for last weekend's SEC showdown against LSU. After all, it was the biggest game of the year and Alabama's head coach was meticulous with examining his star signal caller all week during practice.

Even though the Crimson Tide fell to the Tigers, they still have a chance of making it to the College Football Playoff.

What we're trying to say is that Alabama could potentially have a shot at playing for the national title, so playing Tagovaila on Saturday versus an inferior Mississippi State side would be an irresponsible move by Saint Nick.