Rivalry or not, there’s no way that the Auburn Tigers walk out of Tuscaloosa with an upset victory over the second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. The Iron Bowl is great for its history, but it won’t return an exciting or competitive game this season.
In all five of the past five seasons this game has had championship implications as one of these two teams were vying for the SEC and BCS National Championship.
Those implications are there again this season, but only for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Call it a tune-up, similar to their 49-0 blowout of lowly Western Carolina last weekend. The Tigers are no Catamounts, but they’re certainly no threat to the championship-minded Tide.
The only reason this game is worth mentioning this season is because it’s a rivalry game.
And Auburn hasn’t just been bad this season. They’re currently 0-7 in SEC competition and most certainly will not attain their first conference win against the Crimson Tide this weekend. To put that in perspective, the Tigers have not gone 0-8 in SEC play in the school’s history.
It’s been that bad for Auburn this year.
But you don’t need me to tell you how much the Tigers have struggled. It’s been an uphill battle every step of the way, despite several close contests against BCS hopefuls like Clemson and LSU.
Their only wins came against teams from conferences named SWAC, Sun Belt and WAC.
That’s pretty whack.
The biggest disparity between these two teams rests in their offenses. Auburn has been horribly inconsistent in moving the football, and its cost them several games that their defense gave them every chance to win.
Alabama’s No. 1-ranked scoring defense is not going to give them a chance to even think they belong in this game. That early statement will set the tone for a clock-controlled effort in which the Crimson Tide will pound the football SEC style.
They've got too much on the line for there to be any different outcome. They lost their chance to go to Miami to play for the BCS National Championship once, and they'll take every advantage of their second chance by setting up a showdown with the third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship game.
Iron Bowl and upset enthusiasts around the nation should steer clear of this one. There will be no upset.
There’s nothing to see here.