Alabama vs. Kentucky: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2013

Oct 5, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron (10) drops back to pass against the Georgia State Panthers during the second quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Spor

When the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide travel this Saturday to take on the Kentucky Wildcats for the first time since 2009, the game will be a tale of two drastically different programs and schedules.

Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are well known, dominant and have a relatively easy schedule throughout the month of October before a major showdown with LSU in the second week of November.

Under the guidance of head coach Mark Stoops, Kentucky is undergoing a serious rebuild back into the realm of relevancy. While 2013 has been a step in the right direction, the matchup with Alabama marks the team's fourth contest in a row against a ranked team—the previous three have been defeats at the hands of Louisville, Florida and South Carolina.

Here is everything fans should know about the game.

When: Saturday, October 12 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Ky.

Television: ESPN2

Live Stream: ESPN3

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under: 52
  • Spread: Alabama (-27)

Crimson Tide Injury Report (via USA Today)

Dakota BallDL10/02/2013is out indefinitelyOutundisclosed
Ha'Sean Clinton-DixS10/02/2013is suspended indefinitelySuspendeddisciplinary
Denzel DevallLB10/09/2013is probable for Saturday's game against KentuckyProbableknee
Alvin KamaraRB10/06/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against KentuckyQuestionableknee
Ryan KellyC09/29/2013is expected to miss 2-3 weeksOutknee
Wilson LoveDT10/06/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against KentuckyQuestionableconcussion
Nick PerryS09/26/2013is out indefinitelyOutshoulder
Dalvin TomlinsonDE09/07/2013is expected to miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee

Wildcats Injury Report (via USA Today)

Kyle BuddeLS09/05/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
Thomas ChapmanDT08/25/2013has decided to transferOutpersonal
Josh ClemonsRB07/22/2013will miss the entire seasonOutAchilles
Alvin DupreeDE10/09/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against AlabamaQuestionablepectoral

Can Alabama Limit Jalen Whitlow?

Aug 31, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Jalen Whitlow (2) looks to pass against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

The Crimson Tide only allow 12 points per game, and Kentucky is not exactly a powerhouse at 23 points per game—but the Wildcats have a chance to put up points with Jalen Whitlow. 

Up until last week, Stoops went with a two-quarterback system with Whitlow and Maxwell Smith. 

Last week, Whitlow took things over in full against South Carolina and accounted for 247 total yards and three touchdowns. 

Whitlow continues to improve through the air, and the Crimson Tide will be without starting safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who is serving an indefinite suspension after taking money from a coach per Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports.

If Whitlow can take advantage and play a similar game to what he did a week ago against the Gamecocks, the Wildcats can hang around.


At this juncture, the talent gap between the two teams heavily favors the Crimson Tide. To make matters worse for Kentucky, star defensive end Alvin Dupree is listed as questionable for the contest.

While Whitlow looks like a budding star and Stoops has done a tremendous job with the program to this point, Alabama is simply the superior team.

Quarterback A.J. McCarron, owner of 1,048 yards and 10 touchdowns, will have little issue moving the ball up and down the field against the Wildcats before walking out of Commonwealth Stadium with a massive victory.

The contests between these two teams will continue to get better if Stoops sticks around, but 2013 isn't the year Kentucky gives the Crimson Tide a tough game.

Final Score 

Crimson Tide win 44-13

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