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Hurricane Joaquin is destined for the Carolinas (North and South) and Virginia, but it will leave behind a high rain percentage this weekend at Athens, Ga. About two to three inches of precipitation has been predicted for Saturday’s game between Alabama and Georgia. Wet conditions are a calling card for two concepts, a strong run game and field position.

The leg strength and technique of Georgia’s Collin Barber and Alabama’s JK Scott will be imperative. Barber, a senior, has averaged 40.1 yards per punt through four games.

He has pinned opponents’ inside the 20-yard line on four of 12 attempts. Scott, a sophomore, has averaged 38.8 yards per boot with six of his 17 attempts being downed inside the 20.

Coverage on special teams will serve as one of few X-factors this weekend. The team that is forced to drive the length of the field could have a difficult time creating a tempo on offense.

Place kickers Marshall Morgan and Adam Griffith have to excel, as both team look to lean on the run game. Morgan, a senior, has nailed four of six field goals with two coming from between 20-29 yards. His long on the season is 47 yards, an attempt that came against Southern.

Griffith, a junior, has seen his confidence steadily return with each made attempt. He has connected on his last three field goal tries, including a 40-yard kick against Louisiana-Monroe last week. A strong outing from him this week gives Alabama more stability on special teams.

Expect some drives to stall under horrid field conditions.

Saturday can very well be a game for specialists.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 15 years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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