Alabama has reached the College Football Playoff, and it will be part of a fascinating Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1. But to Clay Travis, improved play at one particular area will be key if the Crimson Tide are going to make a run at another national championship.
On Sunday, the Outkick The Coverage analyst wrote that quarterback Jalen Hurts must produce “much better play” than the signal-caller showed in the 2016 College Football Playoff or in Alabama’s loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl on Nov. 25.
Check out Travis’ full thought below:
The Tide survived an Iron Bowl loss to roll into the college football playoff.
Now can Saban win a title out of the four position like Urban Meyer did three years ago?
If so, it’s going to take much better play from Jalen Hurts than the Tide got in last year’s playoff or in the Iron Bowl.
That’s not an outrageous statement from Travis. After all, Hurts completed just 12 of 22 passes for 112 yards with 1 touchdown in the loss to Auburn. He also throw for just 57 yards against Washington and 131 yards against Clemson in the College Football Playoff last year.
We’ll see if Hurts can step up to the challenge. But, for sure, Hurts’ play will be important for the Crimson Tide when they play Clemson.