In addition to Tagovailoa's costly fumble, the Crimson Tide botched a punt after punter Ty Perine bobbled a flawless snap, giving LSU the ball at Alabama's 40-yard line.
Justin Jefferson recovered the onside kick and LSU ran out the clock. Ohio State doesn't have the résumé to merit keeping it above LSU, but there's no disputing its continued dominance.
With LSU's remaining schedule of at Ole Miss, home against Arkansas and Texas A&M, this was Burrow's biggest remaining regular season game and he should have the opportunity to continue putting up big numbers, especially against Ole Miss and Arkansas. He's now in an even stronger position.
Two Alabama possessions later, Alabama was stopped on 4th & 1 as the Crimson Tide ran a wildcat look with Slade Bolden, who was stopped just about one chain length short of a first down.
He played a fantastic game as well despite clearly being less than fully healthy. The return combined with a personal foul on an Alabama offensive lineman after the play, put the ball inside the Alabama 15 with 11 seconds left. Instead, the Crimson Tide signal-caller delivered an outright bad first half as the hosts went into the break down 33-13.
Tua Tagovailoa is starting for No. 2 Alabama against No. 1 LSU, 20 days after having a surgical procedure on his sprained right ankle. And he also fumbled early in the first quarter too while he was scrambling deep in LSU territory.
What are Alabama's playoff chances now?The victor on Saturday will be in the driver seat not only in the SEC West but will also have an inside track to the College Football Playoff.
It's not a question with an easy answer either.
The first sellout crowd for the Gophers at home in four years swarmed the field after the clock ran out, reveling in the first win at home over a top-five team since a shutout of No. 1 MI in 1977. Georgia has a ways to go before they'd need to do that in a possible SEC Championship match-up. The selection committee could consider one-loss Big Ten champion Penn State, one-loss runner-up Minnesota and one-loss Ohio State.
Wil that scenario play out?
"We knew they were a good football team", Nittany Lions coach James Franklin said. Expect the unexpected. That's why you can't rule out Alabama from the playoff.