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NCAA Football: Citrus Bowl-Michigan vs Alabama Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Monday, everyone.

Looky what we got here: a hype video and game preview!

Series info: This will be the seventh meeting between the programs. Alabama is 4-2, and has won four straight. It won the last meeting 39-10 on Oct. 13, 2018, which marked the first and only time the Tigers have played at Bryant-Denny Stadium. This will be the third meeting when the teams weren’t scheduled to play in the regular season, the others being the 1968 Gator Bowl and the 2014 SEC Championship Game.

This isn’t expected to be much of a test for Alabama, but it’s 2020 so...

In any case, Dr. Rhea is ready.

Alabama is still ranked #2 in the country.

Things are going smoothly in Tuscaloosa as the Crimson Tide have somehow avoided a single opt-out and coach Nick Saban reported on Wednesday that he expects no one to miss time because of COVID-19. The same can’t be said of their Week 1 opponent, as Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz said that 12 players will be out for the season opener on Saturday, making an already daunting challenge that much more difficult.

The defense is hoping that veteran leadership more typical of a Saban unit will be the difference this season.

“We’re getting into the rhythm,” Dale, a sophomore nose tackle, said on a Thursday Zoom call. “It kind of feels different, but next week everything will click and we’ll lock in.”

Dale, who missed the latter part of the 2019 season due to a lingering knee injury, may see extra duty against Missouri. Alabama head coach Nick Saban sounded less than optimistic about the chances of Christian Barmore (knee) being back for the game in Columbia, although Saban did not specifically rule Barmore out.

Yes, it feels different, DJ. Everything does.

Malachi Moore continues to impress, and his high school coach is not surprised.

“He’s very physical, so I just believed that this kid needs to be involved in the run game,” he said. “He’s too valuable to use at a corner position.”

Yet, Moore maintains the coverage skills he gained as a corner. When Hewitt-Trussville faced George Pickens – the former Hoover High school wide receiver who’s now a trendy All-SEC pick at Georgia – Moore was tasked to mark him on every snap. Moore even got experience in the pattern-matching concepts that are common in Saban’s defensive scheme, as Talsma deploys them, too.

Simply put, Moore was, “a game changer. He just was.” He may be one for Alabama right away.

Let’s hope so. The secondary is the biggest question on the team coming in.

Coach Prime Time? Coach Prime Time.

Thomas Hudson, Jackson State’s acting president, said on the podcast that the move was a result of the “grace of God” and the history of Jackson State football, according to the Clarion Ledger.

Sanders, 53, backed Hudson’s comments on the podcast when asked why he was taking the job.

“Why not? Isn’t this the time?” said Sanders, who starred as a defensive back in the NFL. “Isn’t this the moment? Isn’t this what’s needed? To match what our president eloquently said, it’s a match made in heaven. This is a God move.”

I personally think God is probably a little busy with other things to worry about who’s coaching Jackson State, but y’all go ahead.

Last, this will never get old.

The Texas Longhorns don’t have fond memories of former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy. The last time many saw him on a football field came in the 2009-10 BCS National Championship game. Colt McCoy was injured and McElroy would lead the Crimson Tide to the National Championship. Now McElroy is talking about the Big 12, just not in a very positive manner.

Hot damn, Texas is back. We now know, for sure, that it’s college football season.

That’s about it for today. Have a great week.

Roll Tide.