Mark Stoops won't sugarcoat challenge of facing Alabama

First-year Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops knows full well how hard its going to be to find success against the defending national champs Alabama on Saturday, so he's being honest as possible with anyone who asks.

When asked by a reporter if Alabama would be susceptible against a running QB , like his QB Jalen Whitlow, he honestly replied "no," Stoops said, via newsobserver.com. "They have no weakness in their defense. They don't have any weakness on their team, as you can imagine with the No. 1 team in the country."

Just how many Crimson Tide players stand out to Stoops? "Yeah, about 11 of them. ... They're just deep," Brown added. "They're really big up front. I think they've done a good job with their front four recruiting big, physical guys. And they play gap control. They do as good a job as anybody in the country of getting their hands on the O-line and really controlling the line of scrimmage.

"It's just about us and our execution," Stoops said of the game planning. "We're gonna go out there to compete and play. It's about putting one good play out there and then another. We can't get ahead of ourselves. We can control the things we can control, and we can execute better than we have been. And that's what we're working on."