SEC Football Preview: Alabama at Kentucky

Alabama-Kentucky football preview

Alabama faces Kentucky on Saturday in Lexington. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

Rowan Rehbein, 14Powers.com SEC Football

TEAM SCHEDULES/RESULTS

Alabama

2-Sep vs. Middle Tennessee W 56 – 7
9-Sep vs. Texas L 24 – 34
16-Sep at South Florida W 17 – 3
23-Sep vs. Ole Miss W 24 – 10
30-Sep at Mississippi State W 40 – 17
7-Oct at Texas A&M W 26 – 20
14-Oct vs. Arkansas W 24 – 21
21-Oct vs. Tennessee W 34 – 20
4-Nov vs. LSU W 42 – 28
11-Nov at Kentucky
18-Nov vs. Chattanooga
25-Nov at Auburn

Kentucky

2-Sep vs. Ball State W 44 – 14
9-Sep vs. Eastern Kentucky W 28 – 17
16-Sep vs. Akron W 35 – 3
23-Sep at Vanderbilt W 45 – 28
30-Sep vs. Florida W 33 – 14
7-Oct at Georgia L 13 – 51
14-Oct vs. Missouri L 21 – 38
28-Oct vs. Tennessee L 27 – 33
4-Nov at Mississippi State W 24 – 3
11-Nov vs. Alabama
18-Nov at South Carolina
25-Nov at Louisville

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

Rating Alabama Kentucky
ESPN FPI 5 38
Sagarin 3 38
Massey Composite 8 37
PiRate Ratings 7 29

KEY STATS

Statistic Team National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value
3rd Down Conversion Pct Alabama
Kentucky
18
71
3
8
0.475
0.387
3rd Down Conv.
Pct Defense
Alabama
Kentucky
35
97
6
11
0.351
0.425
4th Down Conversion Pct Alabama
Kentucky
61
129
5
14
0.500
0.143
4th Down Conv.
Pct Defense
Alabama
Kentucky
12
63
3
8
0.318
0.500
Blocked Kicks Alabama
Kentucky
13
13
3
3
2
2
Blocked Kicks Allowed Alabama
Kentucky
1
99
1
11
0
2
Blocked Punts Alabama 14 2 1
Blocked Punts Allowed Alabama
Kentucky
1
82
1
11
0
1
Completion Percentage Alabama
Kentucky
59
96
10
13
0.621
0.573
Defensive TDs Kentucky
Alabama
1
14
1
4
4
2
Fewest Penalties Alabama
Kentucky
68
107
5
10
55
64
Fewest Penalties Per Game Alabama
Kentucky
70
108
5
10
6.11
7.11
Fewest Penalty Yards Alabama
Kentucky
54
101
6
12
443
545
Fewest Penalty
Yards Per Game
Alabama
Kentucky
54
103
6
12
49.22
60.56
First Downs Defense Alabama
Kentucky
22
62
4
10
154
178
First Downs Offense Alabama
Kentucky
79
95
8
10
177
165
Fumbles Lost Alabama
Kentucky
20
20
4
4
3
3
Fumbles Recovered Kentucky
Alabama
73
91
2
7
4
3
Kickoff Return Defense Alabama
Kentucky
16
84
2
9
15.88
21.00
Kickoff Returns Kentucky
Alabama
22
28
3
5
24.07
23.21
Net Punting Alabama
Kentucky
14
100
3
14
42.24
36.58
Passes Had Intercepted Alabama
Kentucky
20
53
4
9
5
7
Passes Intercepted Alabama
Kentucky
47
47
7
7
8
8
Passing Offense Alabama
Kentucky
76
84
10
11
219.4
212.2
Passing Yards Allowed Alabama
Kentucky
39
81
4
12
205.9
236.4
Passing Yards
per Completion
Alabama
Kentucky
3
41
1
6
15.43
12.82
Punt Return Defense Kentucky
Alabama
26
103
4
13
4.00
11.14
Punt Returns Kentucky
Alabama
29
102
5
14
11.83
4.92
Red Zone Defense Alabama
Kentucky
40
93
2
9
0.800
0.875
Red Zone Offense Alabama
Kentucky
14
87
4
12
0.929
0.806
Rushing Defense Kentucky
Alabama
21
30
4
6
110.8
119.6
Rushing Offense Alabama
Kentucky
57
85
6
9
162.8
141.1
Sacks Allowed Kentucky
Alabama
30
124
2
13
1.44
4.11
Scoring Defense Alabama
Kentucky
18
42
2
7
17.8
22.3
Scoring Offense Alabama
Kentucky
38
52
7
8
31.9
30.0
Tackles for Loss Allowed Kentucky
Alabama
37
98
4
9
4.78
6.44
Team Passing Efficiency Alabama
Kentucky
18
60
5
11
158.64
136.48
Team Passing
Efficiency Defense
Alabama
Kentucky
33
76
2
6
122.66
134.10
Team Sacks Alabama
Kentucky
11
30
4
7
3.22
2.56
Team Tackles for Loss Alabama
Kentucky
30
32
5
6
6.4
6.3
Time of Possession Alabama
Kentucky
52
107
5
11
30:37
28:16
Total Defense Alabama
Kentucky
24
42
4
7
325.4
347.2
Total Offense Alabama
Kentucky
70
91
9
11
382.2
353.3
Turnover Margin Alabama
Kentucky
38
44
5
6
0.33
0.22
Turnovers Gained Kentucky
Alabama
73
86
6
7
12
11
Turnovers Lost Alabama
Kentucky
14
31
4
8
8
10
Winning Percentage Alabama
Kentucky
7
34
2
6
0.889
0.667

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Alabama

QB Jalen Milroe, RB Jase McClellan, WR Ja’Corey Brooks, WR Jermaine Burton, OL Tyler Booker, OL JC Latham, OL Amarius Mims, DT Jaheim Oatis, Justin Eboigbe, LB Deontae Lawson, LB Dallas Turner, CB Kool-Aid McKinstry, S Malachi Moore, K Will Reichard.

Kentucky

QB Devin Leary, RB Ray Davis, WR Barion Brown, OL Kenneth Horsey, DT Deone Walker, DE JJ Weaver, LB Trevin Wallace, S Jordan Lovett, K Chance Poore, P Wilson Berry.

INJURIES

Alabama


Player POS Status
J. Brooks WR Ques Sat – Shoulder
J. Key DB Ques Sat – Thigh
D. Lawson LB Ques Sat – Foot

Kentucky


Player POS Status
J. McClain RB Ques Sat – Shoulder
D. Leary QB Ques Sat – Eye
B. Christman OL out for season – Knee
J. Wilcox RB Out indefinitely – Hamstring
L. Wright RB Out indefinitely – Undisclosed
N. Hall OL out for season – Undisclosed

Source: Covers.com

Alabama vs. Kentucky Football Series History

Alabama leads 38-2-1

COMMENTS

One of Alabama’s best head coaches ever, Paul “Bear” Bryant, once coached at Kentucky. Had it not been for World War II, Bryant might have ended up as Arkansas’ longtime head coach. This weekend another great Alabama head coach will visit Kentucky. In 41 tries, Kentucky has only two wins and a tie against the Tide. Alabama is looking like Alabama once again. The Crimson Tide wins by at least two scores.

PREDICTIONS

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Alabama 24, Kentucky 9

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Alabama 38, Kentucky 20

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 12:00 PM ET. Watch this SEC football game on the ESPN Network.

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