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Happy Monday, everyone. Alabama 5-star commit Ryan Williams has a big announcement scheduled this morning at 9am CST.

Williams, who is classified as a junior, has 60 receptions for 1,088 yards this season with 265 rushing yards and six scores going into Friday night’s Class 6A state championship game at the Super 7 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. He is tabbed as the No. 1-ranked recruit in Alabama for the Class of 2025 per 247Sports Composite.

Down on the pasture, they insist that he is going to announce a flip to Auburn. Far more likely is that he announces his reclassification and intent to enroll at Alabama in January. Williams’ Saraland squad lost the state championship game on Friday to Clay-Chalkville despite his 11 catches for 232 yards.

Pat Forde thinks Michigan is going to win.

“As much as Alabama has improved, it has still needed its opponents to make big mistakes to win its last two games. Guess who doesn’t do those things? Michigan. The Wolverines have committed two turnovers in their last 10 games, have been penalized fewer than three times per game this season and haven’t missed a kick since September. Michigan is due to win a playoff game, having built its program to the point where it can take the next step and make the championship game.”

Bless you, Pat. I’ve never been more confident after reading that.

Jalen Milroe said he saw some quit in Georgia.

Alabama football quarterback Jalen Milroe knew when the Crimson Tide had Georgia beat in the SEC championship game. And it came from a keen observation.

“I’m big on body language,” Milroe told Greg McElroy and Cole Cubelic on “McElroy and Cubic in the Morning” on Thursday. “And looking in our opponents’ eyes, they looked defeated, and they didn’t want any more. I knew that our team knew it was going to be a 60-minute game and Georgia didn’t believe in that.”

Not sure I saw that, but we will take the dub.

Kennington Smith III believes that Alabama should be able to get pressure on JJ McCarthy without blitzing.

Georgia threw the first punch of the game with an opening touchdown drive with little resistance, then went scoreless on seven of its next eight drives. The biggest difference, Nick Saban said, was the defense’s shifting to four-man pressures exclusively for the remainder of the game. Dropping the rest in coverage virtually eliminated big play threats and kept other underneath plays contained. A full explanation has made its rounds on social media since Saturday.

It’s a strategy that should work against Michigan with the Big Ten Championship Game as evidence. Iowa, a 4-2-5 base defense, only blitzed 20.6 percent of the time (according to TruMedia), which is the third-lowest output Michigan has seen this year. Yet, Iowa held Michigan to the lowest yards per play of the Harbaugh era (3.3), 213 total yards (66 rushing) and 3-for-15 on third downs.

It certainly seems that way. McCarthy has thrown for a total of 500 yards in his last four games, with one TD and one INT. Michigan won their games down the stretch by running the football at teams. That is going to be tough to do against Alabama. For some reference, Justin Eboigbe’s listed weight of 292 is heavier than either of Ohio State’s starting DTs, and he’s the only one in Alabama’s rotation under 300. Michigan may struggle mightily with Tim Keenan III and Jaheim Oatis, as most everyone else has.

In other recruiting news, Saban was showing off his Ferrari to Dre Kirkpatrick, Jr.

Yeah, that name should make you feel old.

UTSA edge rusher Trey Moore has been connected to Alabama by a few.

There may not be a pass rusher who will be more coveted in the transfer portal than Texas-San Antonio’s Trey Moore. He was one of the best edge rushers in all of college football in 2023. He finished the 2023 season with 14 sacks, which was third in the nation. Only Troy’s Javon Solomon (16) and James Madison’s Jalen Green (15.5) had more sacks on the year than Moore.

Alabama football is likely going to need another pass rusher too. Dallas Turner was also one of the best pass rushers in college football this season and will likely be a top-ten pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Moore would allow the Tide to not miss a beat if/when Turner declares for the draft. The Tide should be doing everything in their power to get Moore out of the portal.

I’m not going to say that Alabama couldn’t use another edge rusher, but if nobody emerges from the group of Jeremiah Alexander, Keanu Koht, Keon Keeley and Qua Russaw for next season, then there has been a serious mis-evaluation or failure to develop that position.

Last, it wasn’t a huge week for Alabama players in the NFL this week pending King Henry, Tua Tagovailoa, and Jaylen Waddle playing tonight, but Ronnie Harrison got himself a pick six yesterday.

· Ronnie Harrison started at weakside linebacker for the Colts. Harrison made four tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown. Harrison picked off Cincinnati quarterback Jake Browning and scored on a 36-yard return as Indianapolis tied the game at 14-14 with 1:31 left in the first half. Harrison made his first start since he opened at safety for the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 13, 2022.

Oh, and JK Scott did this.

That thing would have registered 65 yards if the dude had made a successful fair catch, but the announcer acted like it was just another run of the mill punt.

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

Roll Tide.