Alabama Football: 3 keys to dominate the Kentucky Wildcats

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3 keys for Alabama football to dominate Kentucky

2. Alabama needs to stack the box

This goes against what many teams have to do on defense. In today’s day and age, you expect defenses to have as many defensive backs on the field as possible. Offenses are spreading out more and more, and you need to run nickel and dime packages to adjust.

However, that is not going to be the case against Kentucky. Kentucky will try to run the ball early and often. Because of this, expect the Crimson Tide to stack the box and force the Wildcats to throw the ball.

No matter who is the quarterback for Kentucky, they will struggle in the passing game. Although Alabama football’s safeties are the weakness of the defense, I trust that the secondary can keep the passing game in check without extra DBs on the field. Because of this, I expect Alabama to completely eliminate the running game with extra bodies.

Kentucky has had passing problems for years. They had to move a wide receiver to quarterback last year due to injuries, and Terry Wilson isn’t much better as a passer. No matter who wins the starting job, Alabama can dominate by locking down the running game and begging Kentucky to air it out. That will give them plenty of opportunities to force turnovers.