The Tuscaloosa News sports staff picks the score for Alabama vs. Kentucky

The Tuscaloosa News

Here's how the sports coverage team of The Tuscaloosa News picks Saturday's game between Alabama and Kentucky:

Cecil Hurt

Alabama 37, Kentucky 7

There is no way to know how the long layoff will affect Alabama. Will it mean chomping at the bit or shaking off the rust? The best thing is to hope it kicks off and go from there. 

Brett Hudson 

Alabama 45, Kentucky 13

Since there's no reason to believe Alabama's offense can be stopped, teams are forced to win in shootouts to beat Alabama. These Wildcats don't have a quick draw.

Mikey DiLullo

Alabama 42, Kentucky 14

The long layoff will likely have some impact on both sides of the ball. However, Alabama still has the more talent.

James Fletcher

Alabama 49, Kentucky 0

Nick Saban is historically at his best when given time to prepare for an opponent. After sitting on the sidelines for two straight weeks, the Crimson Tide will look to make a statement.

Brett Greenberg

Alabama 49, Kentucky 3

The Crimson Tide has not played a game in two weeks and will be eager to show the country why it is the No. 1-ranked team. The Alabama offense will put on a show while the defense puts together another solid performance.

Audra Phillips

Alabama 45, Kentucky 0

The Crimson Tide will shut out the Wildcats after two weeks without competition. Mac Jones and Najee Harris will be a dynamic duo that wears out the Kentucky defense.

Sam Thornton

Alabama 34, Kentucky 10

Nick Saban holds a 7-0 record against the Wildcats as a head coach and the streak won't be ending jere. Mac Jones will continue to distribute for the Alabama offense against the Kentucky defense. 

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