Kentucky football finally ended a 3-game losing streak, beating Mississippi State in Starkville 24-3.
It was a good game for everyone on the field. But now they will take on Alabama, who has not lost since Sept. 9.
Alabama is ranked #8 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, so this game will not be easy at all, but the Cats have a chance since the game will be in Lexington. The Crimson Tide are coming off an impressive 42-28 win at home against ranked #14 LSU.
The Tide will bring many challenges, like: can they stop Milroe from scrambling, can the offense move the ball on an Alabama defense that only allows 17.8 points per game, and can the wide receivers help Devin Leary out?
Those will be some of the questions that need to be answered if Kentucky football wants to have any chance to win this game.
Kentucky football will need many things to go right in this game to come away with a win, but here are three players who need to step up in Week 11.
1. Ray Davis:
Davis has been one of the best running backs in the country. He is second in the SEC with 903 rushing yards on the season. The offensive line and Davis will need to be great against the Alabama defense, which has been solid against the run all season.
2. Trevin Wallace:
Wallace has been one of the best players on Kentucky’s defense all season long. And the Wildcats will need him to keep an eye on Milroe because he is one of the best scrambling quarterbacks in the country. This could be a massive game for Wallace’s NFL draft stock if he is able to slow down Milroe, and come away with some splash plays.
3. Barion Brown:
Brown is one of the players that have the most potential on this team, so a good game against Alabama could be massive for Kentucky and for his confidence. Brown and the rest of the UK receivers will need to have a good day. I think they all need to step up because they are going up against the likes of Caleb Downs, Terrion Arnold, Kool-Aid McKinstry, and Malachi Moore. Alabama has some shutdown corners, but Kentucky has a lot of playmakers. Can Brown be a difference-maker?
At the end of the day, this game will not hurt what the fans think about this team, but if the Cats somehow upset the Tide, Lexington would be going crazy. The Wildcats and the Crimson Tide kick off at noon on ESPN.