Fun news, readers. Since we are now one week into the season, we now have information from the Southeastern Conference to add into these posts.
Also, Western Kentucky sent their own media guide to Tuscaloosa. We’ll get to that later, but right now, we’re beginning with the Alabama media guide.
We Meet Again: Alabama won the only previous meeting between these schools, a 41-7 win for the Tide in 2008.
Making History: T.J. Yeldon was the first freshman running back to ever run for over 100 yards in his debut for the Tide. He is already closing in on the most 100-yard rushing games under Nick Saban, as the leader is Trent Richardson with 13.
Running It Up: Alabama has now scored 70 unanswered points, dating back to early in the third quarter of the 2011 Iron Bowl.
Saban Owns September: Under head coach Nick Saban, the Tide are 21-2 in September. Both losses came in Saban’s debut in 2007, when Alabama lost to Georgia in overtime and Florida State after beating Western Carolina, Vanderbilt and Arkansas.
SEC Media Guide
Hanging With His Peers: AJ McCarron has the fourth-most offensive yards gained among active SEC players, with 3,188. Tennessee’s Tyler Bray is in third, Arkansas’s Tyler Wilson is 2nd and Aaron Murray of Georgia is the leader.
Not Today: Alabama CB Dee Milliner has more pass deflections than any other active player in the Southeastern Conference, with 20. He is one ahead of Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks and three ahead of Charles Sawyer of Ole Miss. The all-time leader is Corey Webster with 49 and he needs 16 more to crack the top 10, to be in a tie with Vanderbilt’s Robert Davis and Sheldon Brown of South Carolina.
Western Kentucky Media Guide
Sizing Up: The Hilltoppers’ starting offensive line clocks in a 6-foot-4 and 304 lbs, which is 8 pounds more than the average starter on the Alabama defensive line. The average starter on Alabama’s offensive line outweighs the average Hilltopper defensive line starter by 12 pounds.
Can’t Keep Them Out: Western Kentucky touts a streak of 120 games without being shutout, including in its last visit to Tuscaloosa in 2008.
Hometown Hero: Western Kentucky head coach Willie Taggart was a All-American quarterback in his days as a Hilltopper. He set 11 WKU records as the starter (four of which still stand) and had his jersey retired in October of 1999.
The Old Breed: The Hilltoppers have three players that have made 20 or more consecutive starts: offensive lineman Sean Conway with 25, punter Hendrix Brakefield with 25 and defensive back Tyree Robinson with 22. Tight end Jack Doyle, quarterback Kawaun Jakes and offensive lineman Adam Smith all have over 30 career starts and are expected to start against Alabama.
That Was Quick: Western Kentucky scored seven times against their previous opponent, Austin Peay, and never took more then three minutes and 36 seconds. Two of the scoring drives took less than one minute (five seconds and 23 seconds, to be exact), and another took one minute and 55 seconds. The most-lengthy scoring drive took only three minutes and 36 seconds of the clock, and it was in the fourth quarter when the Hilltoppers were trying to kill the clock on a 49-7 lead.