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Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said everyone's excited about playing Alabama, according to Kyle Tucker of The Courier-Journal:
It's no secret. I've told you guys over and over again that I thought overall this team really has a good attitude and comes every day and they're fun to coach. I felt that on Monday and I felt that again today.
Nick Saban likes what he's seen from Whitlow, according to Michael Casagrande of AL.com:
"He's really kind of a dual-threat guy," Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said. "He's a good runner. He's really continued to improve as a passer and was effective last week in that regard."
Ira D. Combs of the Hazard-Herald says this game could be a blowout, but it could also be a stepping stone for Kentucky:
After being beat down mentally and physically from playing against three consecutive top 20 college football programs, you could say this may be a game that Big Blue Nation needs to leave the women and children home this Saturday. It could be ugly, but then again it could be another special building block game that is gaining steam in the renovation project Mark Stoops and his staff have attacked head on without reservation.
Saban isn't worried about the perception of Alabama after its off-field issues, according to Marq Burnett of The Anniston Star:
"We're not going to be willing to worry about anybody's perception of what's happening, if we have to take steps to get guys to do the right things the right way at the right time," Tide coach Nick Saban said. "I think that our concern is that we get our players to do the right things the right way all the time. If players are committed and doing the right things, we won't have those issues to be dealing with.
"But if it's not happening that way, I think the way to get it that way is to make sure everybody knows and understands that in this world we live in, there's consequences for every choice and decision that you make."