Auburn should be an intriguing team in 2012. After losing big to Arkansas, Georgia, LSU and Alabama last season, Gene Chizik and the Tigers ended the season on a high note with a bowl win over Virginia. Clint Moseley, Kiehl Frazier and incoming freshman Zeke Pike will battle for the starting quarterback role after Barrett Trotter announced he will forgo his senior season. Whoever wins the battle will helm an offense that loses several starters and coordinator Gus Malzahn, but at least retains tailback Onterio McCalebb.
Alabama also loses several pieces as they defend their national title; Trent Richardson, Marquis Maze, Courtney Upshaw, Dre Kirkpatrick and Dont'a Hightower highlight the losses.
But, the Tide are never short on talent and will be competitive in the SEC, as quarterback AJ McCarron and lineman Barrett Jones anchor the offense. Defensively, seniors Damion Square (defensive end), Nico Johnson (linebacker) and Robert Lester (safety) will be counted on to lead the new Bama defense.
Considering Alabama drubbed Auburn, 42-14, last season and will play the Tigers in Tuscaloosa this time around, look for Saban to lead his team to another victory in the touted Iron Bowl.