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Yet again, Alabama is #1 in the land

NCAA Football: Mississippi State at Alabama Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Hypothetically, who would be Alabama's toughest playoff matchup?

-- Speaking of mobile quarterbacks, if No. 5 Louisville could slip in as a non-conference champion, Lamar Jackson is even more dangerous than Watson. This would be the ultimate matchup of the premier new-age quarterback facing a defense redesigned to eliminate just that.

To be honest, Louisville scares me. Clemson reminds me of 2010 Alabama. Ohio State would be tough, but I think Alabama brings the revenge in that matchup. I think Michigan’s offense would just be totally overmatched by the Tide defense.

But Lamar Jackson is something else entirely. It’s not even about that whole “Alabama cant stop dual threats” thing that’s been totally disproven. It’s that Jackson is such a great dual threat that he’s just playing on another level of football. I hope the college football chaos gods keep Louisville out of the playoffs.

Alabama practice report: Updating injuries in first workout of the week

-- Korren Kirven remained the first-team right guard after getting his first start there Saturday.

-- Lester Cotton, who had been the starting right guard, was with the second team at right tackle.

-- Bo Scarbrough was dressed in a full-contact white jersey going through drills. He did have a brace on his right knee and didn't seem to be running with the same burst still. He didn't play Saturday against Mississippi State and it wouldn't seem like he'd be rushed to play Saturday against Chattanooga.

-- Reuben Foster had the club on his hand again. At one point, Jeremy Pruitt threw the passes to the middle linebackers like in every practice. Foster couldn't trap it with the massive tape ball protecting his broken finger.

Your daily practice report with injuries and the sort. Looks like Cotton still hasn’t worked off whatever is ailing him enough to win the starting job back... And Korren Kirven was impressive enough last week to keep playing.

I hate it for Bo. As much as I love Damien Harris and Josh Jacobs, his battering ram style and tremendous pass blocking just resonates in my soul. I want the 240-pound man on the field.

The SEC in 2016: Roll Tide or roll over

This Alabama team isn't just unbeaten. It's been challenged into the fourth quarter only twice by Ole Miss and LSU and answered the challenge - on the road - each time.

The Tide leads the SEC in all four major team categories - total offense and defense plus scoring offense and defense - and tops the nation in run defense and sacks. This team has beaten six ranked opponents by an average of 40-17 and seven SEC opponents by an average of 39-15.

Roll Tide to that. Everything points to this team being absolutely unbeatable. Possibly even the best overall in the Nick Saban era thus far. However, it only takes one game to change that. Just ask Pete Carrol’s 2005 USC squad.

If the Tide goes undefeated and wins out, it will be the most wins any college football team has ever had in a single season. If the Tide wins out from here, it will very likely be argued as one of the best of all time in all of college football.

Elite offensive lineman Jedrick Wills commits to Alabama

It's the second time in three years that Alabama has gotten the top prospect from Kentucky. Damien Harris, a former five-star recruit, picked Alabama in 2015. Now, he's established himself as the Crimson Tide's starting running back.

Wills is ranked as the No. 42 overall recruit, a four-star prospect, in the 247Sports composite. He is also the No. 10 offensive tackle.

Alabama brought in YET ANOTHER offensive lineman for the next class. That makes 5 total linemen, two of which are 5-star talents. Though listed as a tackle, I’d expect to see Wills end up as a guard. He’s got the frame and the aggressive tenacity for it.

Lastly, here is a video of former Tide QB John Parker Wilson talking about Jalen Hurts: