Alabama came out slow and had two bad turnovers deep in Kentucky territory on T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake fumbles.
However, the Tide was able to bounce back and break open the game in the second quarter. Both Drake and Yeldon went over 100 yards rushing and both had multiple touchdowns following the fumbles.
Quarterback AJ McCarron looked strong for much of the night. He was on target for the most part, although he had a few drops by his wide receivers. Outside of the turnovers and slow start, the Tide’s offense performed well. This week’s preparation should be about getting out to quicker starts.
Other than a busted coverage in the third quarter, Alabama played another outstanding game on defense. The Tide manhandled Kentucky up front and didn’t allow the Wildcats to run the ball.
Alabama also was solid in pass coverage and got to the quarterback for a few sacks. The Wildcats were never able to get into a rhythm because the Tide took away all of their offensive weapons. Alabama’s defense continues to get better each week.
Alabama had another light week in this category, other than kickoffs. Punter Cody Mandell continued to build on his strong season, and kicker Cade Foster nailed both of his field goals. Special teams have been Alabama’s strongest and most consistent unit every week.
With Mandell and Foster playing well, the Tide can count on its special teams whenever necessary. The coverage teams have also been outstanding so far this season.
Again, the Tide coaches couldn’t get the players excited about playing a lackluster opponent.
The offense once again came out flat and looked stagnant early on. It’s the players jobs to give it their all on each play, but motivation generally falls on the coaching staff.
Alabama’s coaches will use the opportunity, however, as they will have plenty of teaching moments from this week’s film, including missed assignments and a few mental mistakes with penalties.
The Tide dominated like it should. Kentucky is the worst team in the SEC, and Alabama didn’t let them hang around to make it interesting. Alabama has two more games and a bye week to work out all of the kinks before Les Miles and LSU roll into Tuscaloosa for another classic showdown.
While the next two opponents, Arkansas and Tennessee, are conference foes, they are nowhere near the level of Alabama and will only make for glorified scrimmages in Bryant-Denny Stadium.