Saturday morning football is in store for Alabama Football vs. Kentucky. The Crimson Tide and the Wildcats have played 41 games and Alabama has lost twice. Both of the losses were in Lexington in 1922 and 1997. On Saturday morning in the Commonwealth State, Alabama will be going for an eighth straight win against the Wildcats.
The Wildcats are 6-3 on the season. After opening with five wins, Kentucky crashed back to normalcy in losses to Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee.
The early game will kick off around 11:05 AM CST on ESPN. The broadcast team is Joe Tessitore, Jordan Rogers and Katie George. For the Crimson Tide Sports Network, Chris Stewart, Tyler Watts and Roger Hoover will have the radio call. It can be heard on SiriusXM 81.
The game will also be available through fuboTV.
More Game Notes are available at rolltide.com
Alabama Football Injuries
Deontae Lawson and Jalen Key did not practice this week. Officially, they are ‘questionable’ for the game. Unofficially, they will be held out. Both Crimson Tide players will be missed but neither player is essential to beating the Wildcats.
Nick Saban and the Alabama football defensive staff have plenty of options, especially in the secondary. Malachi Moore and Kristian Story can take Key’s Safety slot. The good news this week was, that after a long absence, Devonta Smith returned to practice and worked with the first unit secondary in Thursday’s practice. Before his injury, Smith was expected to have a key rotational role in the Crimson Tide’s defensive backfield.
According to FanDuel, the Crimson Tide is a 10.5-point favorite, at -115, and Kentucky at -105. The Moneyline is Alabama -465 and Kentucky +350. The Over-Under is 46.5 points.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Wildcats Game Prediction
Earlier in the season, the Wildcats feasted on a rushing attack led by Vanderbilt transfer, Ray Davis. While Davis amassed rushing yards, North Carolina State transfer quarterback, Devin Leary was inconsistent and in a few games, his lack of accuracy was a glaring weakness.
The Georgia Bulldogs defense shut down Kentucky’s rushing attack in a blowout win, 51-13. In the loss to Tennessee, Leary surprised by producing 372 passing yards. The Wildcats lost anyway to the Vols, 33-27.
Giving every benefit of the doubt to the Wildcats, let’s say early game, flat Tide after two big victories, without Lawson and Key, and Devin Leary consistently hits his receivers – Alabama Crimson Tide 31 – Kentucky Wildcats 17.
What I really expect to happen is a 38-10 Alabama Football win.