Week 5: Alabama at Kentucky

SEC Sports provides a preview of Alabama at Kentucky.

ALABAMA at KENTUCKY
12:21 p.m. ET
Lexington, Ky.
Commonwealth Stadium (67,942)

Alabama
Overall: 4-0
SEC: 1-0
XM: 199
Sirius: 214

LIVE TV: SEC Network
[Dave Neal, play-by-play; Andre Ware, color analyst; Cara Capuano, sideline reporter]

Kentucky
Overall: 2-1
SEC: 0-1
XM: 200
Sirius: 215

THE COACHES

Nick Saban is in his second season at Alabama with a record of 23-8 (.742) and 16th overall with a record of 129-67-1 (.657). The Crimson Tide's offensive coordinator is Jim McElwain and the defensive coordinator is Kirby Smart.

Rich Brooks is in his seventh season at Kentucky with a record of 34-42 (.447) and 19th overall with a record of 125-151-4 (.454). The Wildcats' offensive coordinator is Randy Sanders and Steve Brown serves as the defensive coordinator.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN ALABAMA HAS THE BALL

Trent Richardson led the Crimson Tide in rushing with 65 yards on nine carries in the 35-7 win against Arkansas. He is second on the team in rushing with 280 yards on 38 attempts and is tied for the team lead with four rushing touchdowns. Greg McElroy has been impressive in his first four games as the Crimson Tide's starting quarterback, completing 67.7 percent (63 of 93) of his passes for 938 yards and seven touchdowns with only one interception. The junior boasts a 175.15 passing efficiency rating, which ranks third nationally. In addition to rushing for 347 yards through four games this season to rank 36th nationally in rushing, Mark Ingram has added 13 receptions for 141 yard and three scores.

Trevard Lindley has made several game-changing plays while at Kentucky. He currently has 10 interceptions and 38 pass breakups during his Wildcat career. Seven of his 10 interceptions have been key plays in Kentucky victories, with the eighth pick helping send a game into overtime. He led the team in breakups each of the last three seasons and now holds UK's career record with 38. He currently leads the SEC in passes defended with 1.7 per game. Corey Peters has 107 tackles in his career, including 17.5 tackles for loss and 8.0 quarterback sacks. The Wildcats linebackers are paced by senior Micah Johnson, who leads the team in tackles with 25 stops. He ranks fifth in the SEC in tackles per game.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN KENTUCKY HAS THE BALL

Defensive end Marcell Dareus has led the way for the Tide with 3.5 sacks (-25) to rank tied for 23rd in the NCAA and fourth in the SEC. Dareus also has nine tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries. Cornerback Javier Arenas is second on the team with 3.0 sacks for a loss of 31 yards to rank tied for fifth in the SEC. Middle linebacker Rolando McClain is next with two sacks for a loss of 19 yards.

Kentucky has a 8-4 (.667) record with junior Mike Hartline as the starting quarterback. Hartline has completed 62.2 percent of his passes for 485 yards and four touchdowns. After gaining 36 yards against Florida, Derrick Locke has 993 career rushing yards and needs just seven more yards for 1,000. Randall Cobb has scored at least one touchdown in six of 14 career games, including five of the last seven. He leads UK and ranks second in the SEC in receptions per game (6.0).

SPECIAL TEAMS

Arenas is quickly sneaking up on the all-time great punt returners in college football history. He is the NCAA active leader in career punt returns, yards, touchdowns, returns per game and yards per game. After returning four punts for 59 yards last week against Arkansas, Arenas is just 165 punt return yards away from breaking Lee Nalley's long-standing SEC record of 1,472 (102 returns for a 14.4 ypr average).

Locke leads the charge by ranking second in the SEC and ninth nationally in kickoff returns with a 34.1 average. Locke had a 100-yard touchdown return vs. Louisville and became the first player in school history to have two 100-yarders in a career, a feat he first did last season vs. Western Kentucky. Senior Lones Seiber and sophomore Ryan Tydlacka are contending for the field goal/extra point duties. Seiber has 246 points in his career, which ties the school record. His career-long field goal is 48 yards, done three times. Tydlacka saw brief action last year, making 3-of-6 field goals, including a 51-yarder.

SERIES/GAME NOTES

Record: UA, 34-2-1• Last: Alabama, 17-14 (2008 at Tuscaloosa)

Kentucky and Alabama meet for the 38th time in school history ... The Crimson Tide lead the all-time series 34-2-1, including a 13-2 advantage in Lexington ... UK's two victories are 6-0 in 1922 and 40-34 in overtime at home in 1997 ... UK fell to the Tide last season in Tuscaloosa, 17-14 ... The teams first met in 1917 and played annually from 1922-1947 except for 1943 when Kentucky did not field a team because of World War II ... Twenty-five years passed before the teams met again for home-and-home series in 1972-73, 1980-81, 1988-89, 1996-97 and 2003-04.


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