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Sept. 10, 2008

SERIES NOTES: Alabama vs. Western Kentucky

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama and Western Kentucky will meet for the first time this weekend in Tuscaloosa. Here are some notes pertaining to the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

WESTERN KENTUCKY SERIES: Saturday will be the first meeting between Alabama and Sun Belt Conference member Western Kentucky.  The Crimson Tide owns a 15-1 record against members of the Sun Belt Conference. Western Kentucky is the first of two games against Sun Belt opponents for Alabama this season. Arkansas State visits Bryant-Denny Stadium on Nov. 1.

ALABAMA-WESTERN KENTUCKY TIES: WKU assistant head coach, passing game coordinator and receivers coach T.J. Weist was a receiver at Alabama from 1984-87. He earned one varsity letter (1987) and was a member of three bowl teams. He earned his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education in 1988, and then added an exercise physiology master’s degree one year later. He was also a graduate assistant under Bill Curry in 1988-89. Weist is the third former Tide player/coach to work against Alabama this season, joining Tommy Bowden (Clemson) and Dabo Swinney (Clemson).

ALABAMA VS. SUN BELT CONFERENCE: The Crimson Tide owns a 15-1 record against Sun Belt Conference teams. Western Kentucky is a provisional member of the Sun Belt this season, playing five conference football games before joining the league on a full-time basis next season. The game is the first of two meetings between UA and SBC teams this season. Alabama also plays Arkansas State on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Arkansas State game will be the Tide’s homecoming game in 2008. Alabama has played at least one game against five of the nine SBC members. The Crimson Tide owns an 8-0 record against Louisiana-Lafayette (formerly Southwestern Louisiana) and 2-0 marks against Middle Tennessee and North Texas. Alabama also has one win against both Arkansas State and Florida International. Alabama owns a 1-1 record against Louisiana-Monroe. The Tide has never faced Florida Atlantic or Troy.

All-Time Sun Belt Conference Scores
Alabama 47, Southwestern Louisiana 6 (1941)
Alabama 54, Southwestern Louisiana 0 (1942)
Alabama 54, Southwestern Louisiana 0 (1946)
Alabama 34, Arkansas State 7 (1982)
Alabama 37, Southwestern Louisiana 14 (1984)
Alabama 38, Southwestern Louisiana 10 (1987)
Alabama 17, Southwestern Louisiana 0 (1988)
Alabama 24, Southwestern Louisiana 17 (1989)
Alabama 25, Southwestern Louisiana 6 (1990)
Alabama 38, North Texas 19 (1995)
Alabama 39, Middle Tennessee 34 (2002)
Alabama 33, North Texas 7 (2002)
Alabama 26, Middle Tennessee 7 (2005)
Alabama 41, Louisiana-Monroe 7 (2006)
Alabama 38, Florida International 3 (2006)
Louisiana-Monroe 21, Alabama 14 (2007)

*Southwestern Louisiana is now referred to as Louisiana Lafayette.

WKU VS. SEC: Western Kentucky is 0-11 all-time against SEC teams. The record includes five losses to Vanderbilt, two losses to Mississippi and Auburn and one loss to both Florida and Georgia. Western Kentucky has never faced Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina or Tennessee.

All-Time SEC Scores
Vanderbilt 12, Western Kentucky 0 (1921)
Vanderbilt 13, Western Kentucky 6 (1922)
Vanderbilt 52, Western Kentucky 6 (1931)
Vanderbilt 26, Western Kentucky 0 (1932)
Vanderbilt 12, Western Kentucky 0 (1938)
Mississippi 13, Western Kentucky 6 (1931)
Mississippi 39, Western Kentucky 6 (1942)
Auburn 47, Western Kentucky 3 (2003)
Auburn 37, Western Kentucky 13 (2005)
Georgia 48, Western Kentucky 12 (2006)
Florida 49, Western Kentucky 3 (2007)

SABAN VS. SUN BELT CONFERENCE: Coach Saban is 4-1 in his career against Sun Belt Conference teams, including a 4-0 mark while the head coach at LSU. He is 1-0 in his career against Louisiana-Lafayette, Arkansas State and Troy and owns a 1-1 mark against Louisiana-Monroe. The Warhawks beat the Crimson Tide 21-14 last year in Tuscaloosa. Saban has never faced Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Middle Tennessee, North Texas or Western Kentucky in his career.

Saban vs. Sun Belt Conference
LSU 48, Louisiana-Lafayette 0 (2002)
LSU 48, Louisiana-Monroe 7 (2003)
LSU 55, Arkansas State 3 (2004)
LSU 24, Troy 20 (2004)
Louisiana-Monroe 21, Alabama 14 (2007)

ELSON VS. SEC: Western Kentucky head coach David Elson is 0-4 in his career against the SEC, with two losses to Auburn and one each to Florida and Georgia. The Hilltoppers will also face fellow SEC member Kentucky later this season on Sept. 27.

Elson vs. SEC
Auburn 47, Western Kentucky 3 (2003)
Auburn 37, Western Kentucky 13 (2005)
Georgia 48, Western Kentucky 12 (2006)
Florida 49, Western Kentucky 3 (2007)

UA PLAYERS FROM KENTUCKY: Junior defensive end Brandon Deaderick (Elizabethtown, Ky.) is the only Kentucky native on the UA football roster.

WKU PLAYERS FROM ALABAMA: Freshman linebacker Chris Bruce (Helena) is the only Alabama native on the WKU football roster.