Here’s one of the biggest “what-ifs” of the national championship game. Imagine if Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough didn’t leave in the third quarter against Clemson with a broken right leg.
Scarbrough had 16 carries for 93 yards with 2 touchdowns before his departure. The night could have been remembered as a huge breakout moment for Scarbrough on a grand stage.
Instead, Clemson rallied in the fourth quarter to earn a 35-31 victory.
Well, Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated imagines the rest of the second half unfolding much differently if Scarbrough had remained on the field.
Speaking to Paul Finebaum on Thursday, Thamel said Alabama “probably wins the game” if Scarbrough doesn’t get hurt. We’ll never know, of course. But that’s not a crazy opinion. The Crimson Tide’s offense looks sluggish at times without Scarbrough. Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts struggled when throwing downfield late, as well.
This is a possibility that could haunt Alabama fans throughout the offseason.
"The fact is if Bo Scarbrough doesn't get hurt in that 3rd quarter Alabama probably wins the game" – @SIPeteThamel
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) January 12, 2017