Gary Danielson: If Alabama beats Auburn without Tua Tagovailoa, it should get No. 4 playoff spot

CBS sportscaster Gary Danielson is an ardent supporter of Alabama's playoff hopes

CBS sportscaster Gary Danielson had a lot of interesting things to say during Saturday’s Georgia-Auburn game, but there’s one hot topic that college football fans are still discussing today:

Danielson said that Alabama, which lost star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to a season-ending injury, still deserved to be in the playoffs if the Crimson Tide beats Auburn in two weeks with backup quarterback Mac Jones.

“I think the narrative here is backward,” Danielson said, per “They have been saying this is going to hurt Alabama with the voters. I think Alabama remembers back to Cardale Jones for Ohio State.

“If Alabama comes in here and beats Auburn without Tua, they deserve to be No. 4.”

How does this impact UGA? It’s the Bulldogs who currently hold down the No. 4 spot in the playoff rankings, trailing No. 1 LSU, N0. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson.

The Bulldogs will likely need to win their next three games, including a victory over LSU in the SEC Championship game, to make the playoffs. Could they still make it with a close loss to LSU? Possibly, but unlikely – however it depends on how other teams fare down the stretch.

Back to Danielson: Following his logic, if LSU loses to UGA in the SEC Championship and Alabama beats Auburn, then it appears that LSU will be in danger of missing the playoffs – despite a head-to-head win over Alabama.

Cardale Jones was Ohio State’s No. 3 quarterback who led the Buckeyes to the 2014 national championship after injuries to the team’s top two quarterbacks.

“That would be a more impressive thing than before (with Ohio State),” Danielson said about Alabama. “Remember J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller were hurt (for the Buckeyes). So, the team has to get the credit, not just the quarterback.

“Everyone thought Ohio State shouldn’t have been in with Cardale Jones. Look what they did. You have to say the team deserves the nod, whether they get it or not. You can’t eliminate them just because they don’t have Tua.”

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