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NCAA Football: Louisiana State at Alabama John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Thursday, everyone. As you well know, Alabama is set to face LSU following this weekend’s bye. Lame duck coach Ed Orgeron made some pretty alarming comments yesterday.

The LSU Tigers have so few players available because of injuries that they will be unable to hold a full football practice Wednesday, coach Ed Orgeron told reporters during a conference call.

Orgeron added that a previously scheduled scrimmage on Thursday won’t be able to take place either.

LSU, which has the week off before traveling to play No. 4 Alabama on Nov. 6, fell to 4-4 after a loss to Ole Miss last weekend.

This is pure speculation on my part so take it with all of the grains of salt, but it sure sounds like he’s trying to at least hint at the possibility of a forfeit. Guess we’ll find out.

Check this out.

As an employee of a state university, Saban is subject to the rules of the Alabama teachers’ retirement system. When the system was enacted in 1939, tucked into 15 pages of legislation was the following paragraph: “Any member in service who has attained age seventy shall be retired forthwith, provided that with the approval of his employer he may remain in service until the end of the school year following the date on which he attains age seventy.” A similar rule applied to all state employees, not just teachers.

Rumors of Auburn grads in the state legislature furiously trying to get this law back on the books are unconfirmed, but likely true.

Former Georgia DE and ESPN analyst David Pollack has Alabama winning the SEC.

“I might be sticking a little to preseason, but I do think Alabama can beat Georgia,” Pollack said. “I think Bryce Young, again another guy that’s ascending, you can tell man he’s playing great; the balance on offense, his ability to buy time, make plays... . Georgia’s maybe offense may be catching up, still getting better, still improving I like it. But I think SEC championship, I think Bama wins that one. And I think that they repeat and play each other for the natty. But I think Bama wins in the SEC championship.”

We see what you’re trying to do here, David, and can appreciate the hustle. Still, you live in Georgia. Might want to keep your head on a swivel after this comment.

This was a very cool moment.

We have some fine young men to root for, y’all.

Unfortunately Agiye Hall is still tweeting.

Maybe you can decipher what it means. I cannot.

Christopher Smith believes that Bryce will play second fiddle in the Heisman race.

The fact that a Tide receiver won the award in a much superior offense just last season may make it tough for Young to win the award.

In Georgia, Alabama also faces a much tougher potential opponent the first weekend of December.

Ohio State’s offense looks poised to go scorched earth in some big-time performances the rest of the way, probably vaulting the Buckeyes to the College Football Playoff on a big winning streak.

For those reasons, I think Stroud will win the award this season.

The schedule point is valid, but if Bryce puts up a string of strong games against a more difficult slate, that should be more impressive to voters.

Last, Mark Ingram was traded back to New Orleans where he will again pair with longtime running mate Alvin Kamara.

Ingram left New Orleans as a free agent after the 2018 season. In his first season with the Ravens, Ingram recorded his third 1,000-yard rushing season and earned a Pro Bowl invitation. But in 2020, his production dropped to 299 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries in 11 games, and Baltimore’s turn to young backs Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins led to Ingram’s release after the season.

Mark may not have a ton left in the tank, but he was Houston’s most productive runner this season. This should be an enjoyable experience for him.

That’s about it for now. Have a great day.

Roll Tide.