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Will Kentucky be the team to finally end the Tide's streak? No way.
The Game: No. 1 Alabama (5-0) at Kentucky (1-4), Oct. 12, 7 p.m. ET
The Crimson Tide have been criticized for its weak schedule. In fact, only Ohio State arguably has an easier regular season schedule among Top-10 teams.
This year’s schedule includes one FCS opponent, one first-year FBS school and will likely only feature two teams—Texas A&M and LSU—that will end the season in the Top 25.
Against the Wildcats this weekend, expect Alabama to mistake them for one of its other cupcake games on the schedule. And it will almost cost the Tide dearly.
Although Kentucky may be 1-4, the team is a lot tougher than it appears.
You’ve got to keep in mind that the Wildcats have already played three consecutive ranked opponents. That includes holding Louisville’s offense to 27 points and losing to South Carolina by just a touchdown.
On the other hand, Alabama has struggled in some winnable games already this season. The team failed to put away Colorado State until the fourth quarter and only put up nine points against a weak Ole Miss defense in the first half.
This should be a sloppy first half, with a better-than-advertised Kentucky defense holding the Tide to single digits by halftime. The Wildcats may even hold a field-goal lead.
However, Alabama head coach Nick Saban needs to remind his guys that this isn’t Georgia State in the locker room before cruising in the second half.
All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of NCAA.com.
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