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Kentucky wrap-up: Solid defensive effort propels Tide to win

Kentucky wrap-up: Solid defensive effort propels Tide to win

No one has an audio tape of what Alabama’s locker room was like at halftime, but judging from the looks on the faces of the Crimson Tide players as they returned to the field for the start of the third quarter, Nick Saban must have conducted his halftime speech while holding a flamethrower.

Kentucky preview: Wildcats have been a bust so far in 2016

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Kentucky preview: Wildcats have been a bust so far in 2016

Give credit to Stoops for correctly identifying Kentucky’s major problem upon his arrival – talent – but he has either not been able to remedy the problem quickly enough, or his staff is not developing the players it does get. Either explanation is bad news for the Wildcats this week, as they must try to fend off a dynamic Alabama team on the Crimson Tide’s homecoming.

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Previews 2016: Florida, Georgia and Kentucky

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Previews 2016: Florida, Georgia and Kentucky

Gators lost more to graduation than they gained in recruiting…Kirby Smart has come back to his alma mater, Georgia, as head coach…If Kentucky posts another losing record, Stoops will most likely be given his walking papers.

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Previews 2015: Kentucky Wildcats

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Previews 2015: Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky is on pace to possibly be one of the most improved teams in the SEC – but its record may not reflect that. The Wildcats are still relatively far behind many of its SEC East peers in terms of overall talent. And there are still questions as to the direction Mark Stoops has the Wildcats traveling: Can Kentucky compete in the SEC running an Air Raid offense and lacking in defensive athleticism? History would say no, but Stoops is certainly trying to find out.

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2014 Previews: Kentucky Wildcats

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2014 Previews: Kentucky Wildcats

Mark Stoops’ first year in Lexington did not go smoothly. The decision to force the Wildcats into a no-huddle offense proved to be a bad move, and the defense couldn’t dig Stoops out of his miscalculation. Fortunately, Stoops has put the Wildcats on a better track recruiting-wise, but he’s still having to populate several positions that went unattended under Joker Phillips’ regime.

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Kentucky preview: A lack of horses in the middle of horse country

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Mark Stoops is facing the same task that literally every Kentucky coach has faced since Paul “Bear” Bryant left for Texas A&M long ago: rebuilding.

Were it not for Bryant’s success at Kentucky, one could argue that the current UK staff is actually building, not rebuilding. Kentucky hasn’t been a legitimate threat in the SEC since that time. There were some isolated bright spots over the years – Hal Mumme’s early seasons, Jerry Claiborne’s 9-3 campaign in 1984, the fundamentally sound and overachieving teams of Rich Brooks – but for the most part, Kentucky has played the role of Washington Generals to the Harlem Globetrotters of Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.

Time will tell if Stoops is the coach to finally buck this trend. His initial season started poorly with a loss to the Sun Belt’s Western Kentucky, itself a team in transition under a new head coach. But Kentucky has been competitive in its last three games against better teams – Louisville, Florida and South Carolina. All, however, have ended in losses.

Alabama doesn’t come into this game at 100-percent strength. The Crimson Tide is without its starting center and strong safety, and other key players have been nicked up or otherwise ineffective. But Alabama would have to completely overlook this game to be in any danger.

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 2

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 2

The Predictions Dept. got off to a solid, if unspectacular start to the 2013 season with an 11-2 record thanks to overconfidence in Georgia and Kentucky. This week, Alabama is idle, but there are several SEC games worth watching, including Georgia and South Carolina battling for the SEC East and Florida facing old in-state foe Miami.

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2013 Fall Previews: Kentucky Wildcats

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2013 Fall Previews: Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky is breaking in a new head coach in 2013, Mark Stoops. The high-energy Stoops has never been a head coach before, but if he gets early results on the field like he has in recruiting, he’ll endear himself to the Wildcat faithful quickly. Kentucky has almost no offensive talent at the moment, and the defense has problems the further away from the line of scrimmage one moves. This won’t be a quick turnaround in Lexington, but Stoops has to start somewhere.

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