Auburn vs. Alabama: How Tide Will Run Gene Chizik out of Town with Blowout Win
For the first time in a long time, the Iron Bowl is receiving very little hype heading into the game on Saturday.
With Auburn having one of the worst seasons in program history and Alabama just two victories away from a national championship appearance, it is hard to imagine the Tigers pulling off a historic upset.
You can say it is a rivalry game and anything can happen, but this has a Crimson Tide blowout written all over it. Tune in to CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET if you would like to see one of the more lopsided games in Iron Bowl history.
In fact, if you would like me to predict odds for this matchup, just checkout this clip from the movie Dumb and Dumber to find out the chance the Tigers can win this game.
Needless to say, things aren't looking good for Auburn.
The Tigers are a team that has lost seven SEC games this season, which includes several blowouts to teams that may not be as talented. The offense is currently ranked 109th in the country, couldn't score against Georgia and produced only one touchdown in a loss to Arkansas.
Auburn, please meet the second-best defense in the country. It goes by the name of the Alabama Crimson Tide, and it is only allowing 240 total yards, has produced 24 turnovers and is allowing less than 33 percent of third downs to be converted.
Do not be surprised if this is the first shutout in Iron Bowl history since the 2008 season, when the Tide won by a score of 36-0.
On offense, Alabama is simply going to abuse a weak defensive front that is allowing 191 yards on the ground, which happens to be dead-last in the SEC. A combination of Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon is going to wear down the Tigers, like it does to most teams, and allow quarterback A.J. McCarron to go to work.
Who will win the Iron Bowl?
The junior quarterback is completing nearly 67 percent of his passes and has thrown 21 touchdowns to only two interceptions. Not exactly terrific news when you consider that Auburn has allowed over 65 percent of opponent’s passes to be completed and 16 touchdowns in the air allowed.
There are already reports floating around that Auburn head coach Gene Chizik will be coaching his last game for this program. After missing a bowl game for the first time since 2008 and getting blown out the way the team will on Saturday, you can't really blame the school for being frustrated with the results.
The last time Auburn went into Bryant-Denny Stadium, it left with a victory after climbing out of a 24-point deficit. But this team doesn't have Cam Newton leading the way and hasn't had any luck on either side of the ball all season long.
When rivalry week kicks in, one of the first games that everybody wants to check out is Auburn-Alabama. Unfortunately, this year’s meeting should end ugly and will set up a long offseason for Tiger fans.
Note: All stats come from cfbstats.com unless otherwise noted.
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