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Was Kentucky RB Jojo Kemp Crazy to Guarantee Wildcats Will Score on Alabama?

Kentucky RB Jojo Kemp
Kentucky RB Jojo KempJeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterOctober 10, 2013

Another week, another player calling out Alabama with reckless bravado and unbridled confidence.

This week, it's Kentucky freshman running back Jojo Kemp doing the honors.

Kemp told Kentucky Sports Television CN|2 that Alabama's defense—a defense that ranks second in the SEC with 299.8 yards per game and is tied for first in scoring defense at 12.2 points per game—will get scored upon this week.

This isn't Oregon, this is Kentucky. A team that ranks 85th nationally in total offense (388.8 YPG).

Haven't college football players learned not to anger the Alabama defense?

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace went down a similar path in the week prior to the Rebels playing Alabama.

"Yeah, I think we can put points on them," Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace said last week, per AL.com. "I think we can put points on anybody."

They didn't. Alabama shut out Ole Miss 25-0 in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicated.

Alabama is back to playing like the Alabama of old. Aside from the hiccup against Texas A&M and a few speed bumps by its cornerbacks, the Crimson Tide defense has allowed only one touchdown outside of the Texas A&M game—a 77-yarder by Virginia Tech's Trey Edmunds in the season opener.

Kentucky is nearly a four-touchdown underdog at home to Alabama. Should the Wildcats really be giving the two-time champs bulletin board material?

He clearly said it in good fun, and I admire Kemp's confidence; but we've already seen this backfire once this season. Do we really need to go down this road again?

 


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