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Alabama Has Been Good On The Road
Alabama has a 16-game winning streak in games away from Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. That is the longest active road winning streak in Football Bowl Subdivision (major college) competition. It includes both true road games and neutral site contests. The Tide has not lost a road game since falling 24-21 to LSU in 2010.
Alabama, 5-0 this year and ranked first in the nation, has a nine-game winning streak going back to last season, which is third best in FBS play. Ohio State has an 18-game winning streak and Stanford has won 13 in a row.
Since the start of the 2008 season, Alabama has won 66 games, which is the most in that time frame in FBS competition. Over that five-and-a-half seson span, Boise State is second with 64 wins and Oregon third with 61.
With Alabama's 25-0 win over Ole Miss on Sept. 28, the Tide completed another perfect September. Bama went 3-0 with wins at Texas A&M and against Colorado State and the Rebels and has won its last 24 September games. Alabama's last loss in September came on Sept. 20, 2007, to Florida State, 24-21, in Jacksonville. The Tide has also gone 2-0 in late August games in that period.
Alabama has also been strong in October, winning 18 of its last 19 games, including last week's 45-3 win over Colorado State.
Kentucky will be trying to end a three-game losing streak as the Wildcats take on their fourth consecutive ranked team. UK has lost to No. 7 Louisville (13-27), No. 20 Florida (7-24), and No. 13 South Carolina (28-35) in its last three outings.
The Wildcats have also lost to Western Kentucky (26-35) and defeated Miami of Ohio (41-7) for a 1-4 record.
Saturday's game in Lexington (on C.M. Newton Field, which is named for the former Kentucky athletics director, who is also the former head basketball coach at Alabama) will be the Tide's first against an SEC Eastern Division opponent this year.
Although Alabama Coach Nick Saban warned of the noise factor in a road game, Commonwealth Stadium seats only 67,942.
Alabama won the last meeting between the two schools, 38-20, in Commonwealth Stadium in 2009. Bama has a 35-2-1 advantage in the series and has won four straight. Kentucky's last win in the series was a 40-34 overtime decision in 1997. Both of Kentucky's wins in the series have come in Lexinton, but the Tide has a 14-2 advantage in games played in Lexington and also won a game against the Wildcats played in Louisville.