College breakdown: No. 1 Alabama (5-0, 2-0 SEC) at Kentucky (1-4, 0-2)
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
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Big Al has some fun after an Alabama touchdown at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Big Al has some fun after an Alabama touchdown at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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When: 6 p.m., today

Where: Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky.

Line: Alabama by 26.5

TV: ESPN2

Radio: 95.5 FM

Four-down territory

1. Silence the crowd:
The best way to silence a home crowd is to come out and score early or make a big play on defense. The Wildcats’ fans will be loud with the top-ranked team coming into their place, so the Tide needs to come out swinging early and quiet the crowd.

2. Make a statement: This is the start of the bulk of Alabama’s SEC schedule and what better way to make a statement than by dominating a conference opponent. While the Wildcats are 1-4, they have played hard and the last thing the Tide wants to do is give them confidence.

3. Play to a standard: Alabama has a habit of occasionally playing down to the level of its competition. Tide coach Nick Saban said he wants the team to respect its opponent and understand that its going to take maximum effort to get a victory.

4. Finish early: This matchup provides the Tide with another opportunity to play young players and rest starters. The season is long and grueling so the more young players are able to gain game experience the better.

Key matchup

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow versus Alabama’s defense: Whitlow played well against South Carolina last week with 247 total yards and three TDs. Alabama needs to come out and contain him early and not allow him to make plays so he won’t gain confidence. Kentucky’s offense has gotten beaten down this season, and the Wildcats rank last in the SEC in scoring.

Prediction

Kentucky doesn’t have much of a chance in this one if Alabama plays like the best team in the country. This is another one of the Tide’s games that should be over by halftime. The Wildcats don’t have much of a chance in this one. .. Alabama 38, Kentucky 13.
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