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Starting the past three seasons for Murray State, Stratton has averaged 41.2 yards per punt, earning third-team Ohio Valley Conference honors last season. Nizialek averaged 45 yards per punt last season for Georgia, ninth best among FBS punters. Stratton has 212 career punts, none of which were blocked, 41 of which traveled 50 yards or more, 18 of which went for touchbacks, and 51 of which were fair caught.

First, if you are getting depth for no ding on your scholarship numbers, great. The competition, especially from someone who has punted 212 times in live game action, is good. If he pays off as an improvement over the punters currently on the roster, that is a bonus.

Second, fostering a model where very good, but unheralded, special teams players can come to Georgia as graduate transfers and get a year playing on the high visibility stage that UGA football promises is brilliant. There are currently over 300 non-FBS football programs, many that aren’t in markets that the NFL scouts. Being in a position to encourage top special teams players with proven game tape to spend a year in Athens, with the payoff of having the kind of media attention that comes with it, is a win-win.

Georgia possesses the best offense Alabama has faced. We have the third best defense they’ve faced, behind Clemson and Auburn. They only gained 341 yards in the loss at Auburn and 261 yards in the win against Clemson. With the Clemson game, they had a pick six and a 7 play, 27 yard drive that came off a turnover.

All of what they want to do on offense starts with Hurts using his legs to make stuff happen with his arm. Take away one of those, Ridley would be my choice, and they are a much less dangerous offensively. Still, Alabama is super efficient when they have the ball, so keeping them behind the chains in a way we didn’t against Oklahoma is the key.

Their defense is exploitable. Ask Auburn and Mississippi State. Still, they’ve only given up 24+ points twice this season. I believe we can score some more, but not in the 40s. To beat them, we cannot give up pick sixes and whatnot. We can survive a turnover or two, but under no circumstances can we give them two gift TDs.

In the end, we match up with the Tide well. I don’t dread today’s outcome. In fact, I think they should be the concerned team. They didn’t win the SEC. The two things they have going for them is they have the best player on either team in Fitzpatrick and the experience of being in this game plenty. Georgia has the next five top players, at least. Georgia has met every challenge presented this season save the Auburn game, including being down by 17 to the most explosive offensive team in football this season.

And we should want Bama. Really, why wouldn’t we. Georgia hired Smart to emulate The Process. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we have a shot to play for a championship and as long as"Georgia" is painted in the end zone at Mercedes Benz Stadium it doesn’t matter what is painted in the other, but honestly, if you search your soul, I’d bet you would admit I’m right a little, win or lose.

Will Leitch, my co-host of Waitin’ Since Last Saturday has talked about this being the beginning of something at UGA. If it is, having to play Alabama and unseat them feels inevitable. I don’t think Alabama is dead. I don’t think they are even done with their run of greatness. Win or lose, this game is a benchmark for Georgia as a football program as much as it is for Alabama.

All of that is to say, and exactly what I said on the podcast we recorded Thursday, I’m not scared of Alabama anymore. We may lose this game, but there isn’t a sense of foreboding about facing them and being out coached, out schemed, and out depthed. Again, getting out coached may happen, but Smart and his staff matching evenly with or out coaching Saban and his is on the table. That’s a huge change.