Kentucky Wildcats Football: Alabama Crimson Tide Preview

Sep 7, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops talks with safety Ashely Lowery (5) during the game against the Miami (Oh) Redhawks at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 7, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops talks with safety Ashely Lowery (5) during the game against the Miami (Oh) Redhawks at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Your Kentucky Wildcats take on the Alabama Crimson Tide tonight at Commonwealth Stadium in a game where no one is giving them a chance. There is good reason for that assessment, Alabama is the undisputed best team in the country and has been such for a while now. As Mark Stoops said early this week, they have no weaknesses. It’s a tall order for a young team that hasn’t proven themselves yet.

It’s also a huge opportunity for a team that has nothing to lose. Kentucky is a very young team that has improved every week as they continue to face tougher competition each week. What better opportunity to “shock the world” than for the extreme underdog Wildcats to topple the mighty Tide. It’s really hard to imagine a scenario in which that would transpire but for the Cats to even make this one respectable would be marked progress.

Folks must be tiring of these moral victories, but it will be enough to see Kentucky compete in this game. The moral victory stretch ends after this game. But for one more week, fans have to be patient. It is simply not reasonable to expect Kentucky to win this game. Hope for it, with all of your heart. And cheer with all of your might. (There will be a certain 5 star DT in attendance who is considering both schools) But don’t get upset if they lose. Kentucky is outmanned by the widest margin that they will see this year.  Don’t expect a blowout, that’s not Nick Saban’s style , nor is it Mark Stoops’.

AJ McCarron will take what the defense gives him and control the clock, so for Kentucky to have success they will have to take advantage of limited opportunities on offense. That won’t be easy. Alabama’s defense is rock solid, front to back and side to side. Their perceived weakness for mobile quarterbacks is more scheme-specific for a 3-4 than it is indicative of Alabama’s tendencies. The Wildcat’s offensive line will have their hands full with Kirby Smart’s array of push-rushers and Jalen Whitlow will need to make quick decisions in the pocket.

If you aren’t already tailgating, come on out to the stadium. The weather is perfect and you can cheer for the Cats. Crazy upsets happen every single year in college football. Just about every week. This could be Kentucky’s turn. It’s not likely, that’s why it’s called an upset, but how would feel if it happened and you missed it?

 

Topics: Alabama Crimson Tide, Football, Kentucky Wildcats

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