Alabama Football: UK Gameday notes and tidits from Tuscaloosa

Check out the latest information for the Alabama football vs. Kentucky game, with news, notes and tidbits of additional information.

Alabama football is back in Bryant-Denny for its next-to-last home game of the 2020 season. The Kentucky Wildcats are the opponent and there is no reason to believe the outcome will be different than every other game in the series, except one going back to 1923.

The Alabama Crimson Tide is a prohibitive favorite as it should be. Comparing Alabama and Kentucky team stats, the Wildcats have a slight edge in Rushing Offense, Rushing Defense, Passing Defense, Total Defense, Scoring Defense and Interceptions.

Alabama football is No. 3, No. 5 and No. 2 in the nation for Passing Offense, Total Offense and Scoring Offense. For the same set of stats, the Wildcats are No. 116, No. 115 and No. 96. The Crimson Tide is also better in Rushing Defense, at No. 31 in the FBS, compared to Kentucky at No. 50.

There is a good chance today an Alabama football player will move into the SEC All-Time Top Ten. DeVonta Smith needs 56 receiving yards to reach No. 10 on the Career Receiving Yards list replacing D.J. Hall. With another 62 receiving yards against the Cats, Smith would move to No. 7 on the SEC All-Time list.

The television broadcast of the game will be on the SEC Network with Tom Hart, Jordan Rogers and Cole Cubelic.

In Bryant-Denny Stadium, the Crimson Tide has won 52 of its last 54 home games. Alabama football leads the FBS in home winning percentage going back to 1929 (Tuscaloosa games only) at 83.3 percent. While Crimson Tide, head coach, Nick Saban’s Bryant-Denny record is 86-8, an extraordinary 91.5 winning percent.

Trey Sanders will miss the game and the season from injuries sustained in a car wreck. The wreck required Sanders to have hip surgery. The injury was not as severe as the one Tua Tagovailoa sustained last season and Sanders should make a complete recovery. Jaylen Waddle is, of course, out but LaBryan Ray is expected to return for the Crimson Tide.

All stats in this post were provided by rolltide.com.

On the SEC football COVID front, it has been reported Mississippi State will play Georgia with less than 53 scholarship players. The Crimson Tide appears to be in good shape for the Kentucky game. There is an unconfirmed rumor the Tide will be several backups short, beyond the injury loss of Trey Sanders and Jaylen Waddle.

For those wanting to learn more about the history of the Crimson Tide and the Wildcats, check out how the programs are alike and different.