No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference)
7 p.m. ESPN2
Line: Alabama by 27 1/2.
Series record: Alabama leads 35-2-1.
Last meeting: 2009 at Commonwealth Stadium — Alabama 38, Kentucky 20
The Alabama Crimson Tide come to Lexington this weekend on their quest to win a third-straight BCS National Championship. behind the arm of A.J. McCarron, the Crimson Tide’s senior quarterback, who’s been in Tuscaloosa along with head coach Nick Saban for the past two titles, as well as a 30-2 record overall.
That’s an unprecedented level of success for a HC/QB combo, and Saban’s non-nonsense mentality is complimented well by the leadership of McCarron, who isn’t going to dazzle you with his arm strength or display pinpoint accuracy.
Last season, McCarron led the nation in passing efficiency (175.3) and threw a school-record 30 touchdown passes. Despite all of his success, like Saban, McCarron leads by example and just goes out there and wins ballgames.
McCarron comes into Commonwealth Stadium on a blistering streak over the past three games, as he’s completed 60/74 passes (81%) for 604 yards, five touchdowns and just two interceptions. He rarely makes mistake, and if he does happen to throw an errand pass against UK on Saturday, the Cats must make him pay for it, as he’s unlikely to make that mistake again.
Overall, McCarron is one of the nation’s premier signal callers, and through five games is completing 71.4% of his passes for 1,048 yards and 10 TDs.