The top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide returns to SEC play with a homecoming clash against the Kentucky Wildcats.

Saturday marks the 40th meeting between Alabama and Kentucky. Here are three things you should know about the Kentucky Wildcats.

 

Kentucky Football Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant

Before establishing himself as one of if not college football’s greatest coach while at Alabama, Paul “Bear” Bryant sank his teeth in the SEC as a coach in Lexington, Kentucky. Bryant headed the Wildcats football program from 1946-1953 after one season as the head coach at Maryland.

Out of his 323 career wins, 60 came at Kentucky. As Kentucky’s all-time winningest coach, Bryant took the Wildcats to unprecedented heights including their only SEC championship in 1950, appearances in the Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl. In the 1951 Sugar Bowl, Kentucky snapped Oklahoma’s 31-game winning streak with a 13-7 win.

 

0 For Tuscaloosa

Kentucky has experienced tough sledding historically against Alabama with a 2-36-1 series record. The struggles are most apparent in Tuscaloosa where Alabama has a 9-0 series advantage in games played in Tuscaloosa. The Wildcats have likewise struggled against the Crimson Tide at other football venues across Alabama as they have managed a 0-20-1 combined record in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Montgomery.

 

Stanley "Boom" Williams

While most fans of the SEC recognize running backs like LSU's Leonard Fournette and Georgia's Nick Chubb, most fans have not heard the name of Kentucky running back Stanley "Boom" Williams. Williams enters this week third in the SEC averaging 116 yards per game. The junior running back posted back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances including a 181-yard effort against New Mexico State. Williams averages 8 yards per carry and has nine games in his career with at 100 yards rushing.