After Alabama's 51-14 thrashing of Louisville, Taylor met with Saban near midfield for a postgame interview. Alabama enters the game as heavy favorites so we expect to see both Tagovailoa and Hurts at different points, but the Cardinals are hoping to make this game much closer than the experts have predicted.
"I still like both guys", Saban responded.
"Tua played well and made some really good throws - I mean, really good throws, very accurate throws, put the ball right on guys", Saban said of his new starting quarterback. "I'm not going to, so quit asking". The sophomore was 12-of-16 for 227 yards and two touchdowns through the air and posted 26 rushing yards with a touchdown on the ground. Meanwhile, Jalen Hurts completed 5-of-9 pass attempts for 70 yards and rushed for nine yards.
Saban said he let both quarterbacks know of his decision before practice on Thursday.
Saban has been around long enough to know how this works. Josh Jacobs scored twice for Alabama in the second half, first on an 18-yard rush, then on a 77-yard kickoff return, and Shyheim Carter pushed the Tide over the half-a-hundred mark with a 45-yard pick six midway through the fourth quarter.
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The Alabama head coach reportedly called Taylor late on Saturday night to apologize, per ESPN insider James Miller.
It was an awkward scene, with Taylor replying "I hear you", then moving on to another question about Saban's offense.
Something tells us, however, that isn't the last time Saban will be asked about Alabama's QB situation.
Taylor, a UGA Grady College grad, is one of the best sideline reporters in football.
The Alabama quarterback controversy has been a topic of debate all summer, and Taylor asked a question related to said topic.