Both came away impressed. And both came away feeling as if they'd seen a dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate.
But they didn't agree on the player in question.
Let them explain in today's Take Two debate:
Alex Scarborough: Since we're in the height of the political season, I promise to run a clean campaign. No attack ads here. Just a candidate we can all believe in: Jonathan Allen.
The Alabama defensive end is basically Superman, people.
He's nearly 300 pounds and I saw the man fly on Saturday. Seriously.
In the first half, he leaped over a running back in a single bound and landed squarely in the chest of Trevor Knight.
Then, in the second half, he scooped up a fumble and showed his land speed, racing 30 yards for the score.
He's a defensive lineman and he has two touchdowns! We get all in a kerfuffle over Texas A&M's Myles Garrett, but he's never found the end zone in his career.
What's more, Allen does it all. He's not your prototypical 250-pound sack artist who rushes with his speed and is a liability against the run. Rather, he can play all three downs, has the size to play inside and out and still has six sacks this season. If you include last year, he's fourth in the FBS with 18 sacks -- ahead of Garrett and Tennessee’s Derek Barnett.
Look, the Heisman wasn't meant to go to quarterbacks every year. That's boring. Rather, it's supposed to go to the most deserving player, regardless of position. And in Allen, I think I've found someone who fits that mold. He's the best player on the best team in America.
And remember: He can fly!
Edward Aschoff: I saw the superhuman move Allen put on poor Trevor Knight on Saturday, and I agree that he is the best player on the best team.
However, let's not forget that this award has an MVP element to it, and freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts has that quality -- and he's still growing. I don't think people understand how impressive it is that the guy is still very much a kid and he's running the zone-read to near perfection in Tuscaloosa -- a place that once treated the spread offense like the plague. Hurts is the first true freshman to ever start for Nick Saban, and he's been carving up defenses like a Thanksgiving turkey all season. He's completing 62.7 percent of his passes and averaged 74.7 rushing yards against ranked opponents (five) this season.
He's hit the 1,500-yard mark in passing, has 521 rushing yards and totaled 20 touchdowns to just five interceptions. He's completed 24 passes of 20-plus yards and has 19 rushes of 10-plus yards.
But stats only tell part of the story. This kid has some Tom Brady-like resolve. Twice on the road against ranked opponents he's anchored momentum-shifting touchdown-drives directly after sack-fumbles that led to touchdowns for his opponents. He also had one of the most electrifying runs from a quarterback we've seen this season against Texas A&M (arguably his most mistake-filled game) when he scampered from the right side of the field alllllllll the way to the left corner of the end zone for a scintillating 37-yard TD run to officially put the Aggies to bed.
Allen might have the ability to fly once in a while, but Hurts glides past opponents with ease on a weekly basis. The scary thing is that he's using an abbreviated playbook that gets a little thicker each week, meaning the best is still yet to come.
Allen is making watching defense great again, but I'm with Hurts.