We have a shot at winning IMHO if two things happen. 1- we need to establish the run. Long drives wear defenses out, which shows up later in the game as fatigue sets in. Defense takes more energy than offense simply because the D has to react / respond and the O knows exactly where they’re going. We have a deep stable of RBs with talent so we can keep them fresh. EJ is a slippery runner which will help move the chains. Zipperer can block if needed, or release out. If our O line is serviceable, we might be able to establish the run. Everything else for a successful running game lines up. Proven RBs, plus some new ones who are a threat to take it to the house. If they’re on the field, they can block and catch too. Say what u want about Knox as a recruiter but our RBs are well coached. 2- leadership on defense. Both from Grantham and the players. For Grantham - I’ll know by the second or third defensive series whether our D has improved simply by watching whether they can line up properly and be set before the snap. Covid, lack of practice, injuries, all-SEC schedule, etc - whatever other things made last season a defensive shit show, there is no excuse for not being set prior to the snap. That is a coaching fail and Grantham owns it. If we see guys running around confused because the play comes in late - that’s on Grantham. I can live with guys being in the right place and getting beat by someone on the other team making a better play, but we gotta have them in the right place. Next. We need some guys to step up as leaders. They don’t even have to be the best players on the field. Give me a David Reese or Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. Totally different styles. Reese was all business. CGJ was always talking smack and backing it up. I’m hoping Trey Dean puts it all together this year and becomes a vocal leader and the hard hitting safety we really need to keep a lid on the deep pass and come up in run support and lay the wood. He sure looks like he’s put on the muscle to do it. Lastly, our guys need to make tackles when they are in position to do so. Perhaps that was a function of lack of practice last year and will be remedied this year. We shall see. I think we could steal the game from Bama if we can run it on them, and our D plays fundamentally sound. I think UF wins the turnover battle here and that might put us over the hump. I’ve heard the Elam has been working out and training 2x per day (according to GNF Podcast) and is poised to have the kind of season that will make him an early first rounder. That’s a problem for Bamas new QB as it takes half the field away in the passing game. One area I’m not sure about is kicking. Haven’t heard enough to know how much McPherson’s departure hurts us. Should be an exciting game.