We have an interesting late-season SEC showdown in the Commonwealth this afternoon as the No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide heads north to battle the Kentucky Wildcats. The game will kick off at noon ET and will air on ESPN.
Alabama (8-1, 6-0 SEC) came out victorious in its big-time battle against LSU last Saturday, triumphing over the Tigers in a 42-28 win. After falling behind 28-21 at the start of the second half, the Tide were able to rip off unanswered touchdowns on three straight drives and grinded the clock down on a 12-pay drive that took over seven minutes in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Jalen Milroe shredded the Tiger defense with his legs, rushing for 155 yards and four touchdowns in the victory. Alabama can officially clinch the SEC West title with either a win or an Ole Miss loss this afternoon.
Kentucky (6-3, 3-3 SEC) mercifully ended its three-game losing skid by handling Mississippi State 24-3 last Saturday. In perfect Wildcats fashion, the defense did the heavy lifting in this contest with eight tackles for loss, five sacks, and a pick-six by linebacker D’Eryk Jackson.
Alabama: 7 overall, 12 offense, 6 defense
Kentucky: 25 overall, 43 offense, 19 defense
WR Ja’Corey Brooks - Questionable (Shoulder)
DB Jaylen Key - Questionable (Thigh)
LB Deontae Lawson - Questionable (Foot)
QB Devin Leary - Questionable (Eye)
RB Jutahn McClain - Questionable (Shoulder)
Against The Spread in 2023
Alabama: 6-3 ATS
Kentucky: 5-4 ATS
Total in 2023
Alabama: Over 6-2-1
Kentucky: Over 6-3
Alabama: 2.06 plays per minute of offense (51st)
Kentucky: 2.0 plays per minute of offense (125th)
Odds at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Alabama -11
Moneyline: Alabama -425, Kentucky +330
Opening line: Alabama -12
Opening total: 51.5
Our Best Bet for Alabama vs. Kentucky
I don’t anticipate this being a letdown spot for Alabama. The Crimson Tide have long figured out their offense with Jalen Milroe operating the controls and with the division title within reach, they’re not going to mess around with a team that has their own inconsistencies throughout the year. I’m taking the Tide to easily cover as a road favorite here.