Fresh off a 2-0 revenge tour against rivals Tennessee and LSU, Alabama is in peak form. They now find themselves eyeing the SEC West crown. However, the looming matchup against the Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington poses potential challenges.

Staff Analysis and Predictions for Alabama Crimson Tide at Kentucky Wildcats

It’s an early 11 am central kick and Alabama tends to have occasional disengagement against lesser opponents. However, with a playoff mentality, every contest is a single elimination game. The crew of “The Bama Standard” podcast weighs in on whether this could be a trap game and provides answers to all questions!

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Senior Analyst Stephen M. Smith

I don’t look for this to be a shootout like last week. I have a great respect for (Kentucky Head Coach) Mark Stoops. I really do. This is the type of game where you’re dealing with a mostly ground and pound team. They don’t have that prolific passing game. Yes, you have screens and various things…but not necessarily prolific. This plays into what (Alabama defensive coordinator) Kevin Steele and Nick Saban want to do.

Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe leaps for the end zone vs LSU • Gary Crosby Jr. • USA Today Sports

Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe leaps for the end zone vs LSU • Gary Crosby Jr. • USA Today Sports

I think this is a game where Jalen Milroe takes a bigger step in terms of improving his 10-15 yard, intermediate passing game. My offensive player of the game will be Jalen Milroe. He will be A LOT better at those 10-15 yard throws to the boundary.

My defensive player of the game is Malachi Moore. Malachi will lead Alabama in tackles.

Final Score Prediction: Alabama 35 Kentucky 10

Alabama running Jase McClellan breaks free from LSU defenders en route to the end zone • Gary Crosby Jr. • USA Today Sports

Alabama running Jase McClellan breaks free from LSU defenders en route to the end zone • Gary Crosby Jr. • USA Today Sports

Former Alabama Running Back/Co-Host Bo Scarbrough

My offensive player of the game is Jase McClellan. I see him having a field day against Kentucky. My defensive player of the game is Dallas Turner. He will have 2 sacks and have a big time game as well.

Final Score Prediction: Alabama 31 Kentucky 17

Terrion Arnold celebrates with Caleb Downs • Alabama Athletics

Terrion Arnold celebrates with Caleb Downs • Alabama Athletics

Comedy Legend and “STAR” of the Show Steve Brown

I really hope Alabama doesn’t have a hangover. For the offensive player of the game, I got two: Jalen Milroe and Jam Miller. I love that guy [Miller]. I love how he runs.

On defense, it’s Terrion Arnold and Malachi Moore. Those guys are lights out. It’s not who you know — it’s who you’re looking at. Right now, Terrion Arnold is showing everyone he’s “that dude”.

Final Score Prediction: Alabama 28 Kentucky 10

1999 All-SEC/Former Alabama Linebacker and Co-Host Marvin Constant

Listen, people! I am telling you right now! This is going to be the game where Alabama finally puts it together in all phases of the game. They are going to play a complete game in both halves. You’ll see this team take everything that they did in the 2nd half against Tennessee and 2nd half against LSU, and play a complete game on the road.

This [game] is going to be the start of Alabama going on this run that will help them achieve their ultimate goals. You will see this defense step up and make plays. The offensive line will be blocking. (Jalen) Milroe will take off and complete most of his throws. This will be the most complete performance all season.

Dallas Turner diagnoses the upcoming play vs LSU • Alabama Athletics

Dallas Turner diagnoses the upcoming play vs LSU • Alabama Athletics

If you’re a listener, you already know my defensive player of the game — DALLAS TURNER! My message to him durign our weekly show was this:

Keep laying that wood Dallas! Don’t let them tell you no different! Keep being the TERMINATOR!

I’m going with Jalen Milroe for my offensive player of the game. Alabama wins convincingly.

Final Score Prediction: Alabama 41 Kentucky 13

The Bama Standard Special Guest: Alabama Legendary Wide Receiver Kevin Norwood

I’m with Marvin Constant on this. I would love to see a complete game from Alabama from start to end. That’s what we’re going to get this weekend.

Isaiah Bond breaks free into the LSU secondary • Alabama Athletics

Isaiah Bond breaks free into the LSU secondary • Alabama Athletics

Isaiah Bond and the rest of the receivers have been stepping up. They’re making plays. I would like to see (Jalen) Hale make some more plays. He’s been looking really good.

Final Score Prediction: Alabama by 20

Host Justin Riley

Alabama is moving from 4 and 5 wide, mobile quarterback running attack to a “hit you in the mouth” run game led by Ray Davis. The Tide needs be disciplined in fitting gaps. Kentucky also tries to get some of those crossing routes and quick screens to the perimeter with Barrion Brown. They’ll also mix in an occasional end around. It’s just a totally different style. Devin Leary hasn’t lived up to expectations, but seems to be catching a rhythm lately. However, as Stephen said, their philosophy can be combatted well by Kevin Steele. The Wildcats are a tough, blue collar team. Alabama will need to be dialed in. I believe they will be.

Roydell Williams runs through an LSU defender en route to an Alabama touchdown • Gary Crosby Jr. • USA Today Sports

Roydell Williams runs through an LSU defender en route to an Alabama touchdown • Gary Crosby Jr. • USA Today Sports

My offensive player of the game is Roydell Williams. He showed out this past game and is catching fire. You have to give the ball to the hot hand. That continues this week. He conquers that talented Kentucky front seven. Defensively, I’m going with Malachi Moore. He has proven to make life difficult for teams with this type of offense. Moore disrupts everything.

Final Score Prediction: Alabama 35 Kentucky 17

It’s time for Alabama to take that next step. Handle Kentucky and do so in a dominant fashion. An appearance in the SEC Championship is stake, but so is a playoff spot. There’s no time for a misstep.

Marvin Constant sums it up well:

It’s November. Anyone that plays college football knows the importance of this month. You have College Football Playoff rankings coming out every Tuesday. This is the time where you pad that resume and make that playoff committee respect you. That’s why I say, we’ll play a complete game this week and grab their attention. We’re going to make them respect us and who we are! We’re Alabama! Make no mistake about it!

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