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Alabama is the deserving College Football Playoff favorite, but the Crimson Tide still aren’t certain how healthy quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will be.

Rainer Sabin of AL.com notes the sophomore “seemed to be in good spirits” in Florida after a three-day break. Tagovailoa said he’s feeling improved.

“At this point, we’re doing a lot better. I got to move yesterday. I got to get a feel of of it before we come out today with practice. It feels good.”

Tagovailoa exited the SEC Championship Game against Georgia due to a high ankle sprain. He underwent surgery and rolled around on a scooter leading up to the Heisman Trophy ceremony.



Recently, though, head coach Nick Saban said he believes Tagovailoa is ahead of schedule. His return to full participation in practice is a much-needed positive sign, too.

The Tide, as outstanding as they are, cannot afford any letdown in the Orange Bowl. Heisman winner Kyler Murray leads an Oklahoma team that reached the CFP thanks to an explosive offense.

But Tagovailoa should be able destroy the OU defense. If he continues nearing full strength, the Tide will remain a heavy favorite.