Cats look forward to challenge at Alabama

Published: Sep. 28, 2016 at 10:49 PM EDT
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Kentucky takes on No. 1 ranked Alabama Saturday, the first time the Wildcats have played the nation's top-ranked team since Alabama came into Commonwealth Stadium in 2013. Coming off Saturday's 17-10 victory over South Carolina, the Cats are looking forward to the trip to Bryant-Denny Stadium.

"There's pressure going into every stadium we go to," said linebacker Josh Allen. "But being the fact that it is the number one team in the country, it just brings chills, because you know I always wanted to play Alabama. When I was younger I wanted to play Alabama because I always knew they were going to be a top team. So now this is my time and we're ready to shine."

The win over the Gamecocks gave the Cats their first SEC win and a huge lift going on the road. Alabama is unbeaten in its first four games with wins over Southern Cal, Western Kentucky, Ole Miss and Kent State.

"I hope we react the way we reacted against South Carolina," said cornerback Derrick Baity. "I hope we just don't go in there feeling defeated because we're going against Alabama. I hope we go in there with a chip on our shoulder, like we can do something."

The Kentucky defense is coming off its best game of the season, holding South Carolina to 268 yards total offense.

"I think it's a huge measuring stick for us because it gives us a really good opportunity to go out there and show the SEC, show the nation what we have," said linebacker Courtney Love. We're definitely getting better and we plan on getting better this weekend against Alabama."

Kickoff will be at 7:00 p.m. Saturday on ESPN.

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