Iron Bowl 2012: Predicting Stats for Key Players in Auburn vs. Alabama

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistNovember 23, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 03:  Quarterback AJ McCarron #10 of Alabama celebratesw after the extra point for the go ahead touchdown against LSU late in the fourth quarter at Tiger Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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If everything goes as expected, the Alabama Crimson Tide should have the 2012 Iron Bowl wrapped up shortly after the coin toss.

The Auburn Tigers are simply not on par with the Tide this season and you'd be hard-pressed to find a sane person that gives the Tigers a legitimate chance at winning the game.

With the final result not in question, there's not much to say in terms of predicting who will win. Whether or not Bama wins by 20, 30 or 40 points is irrelevant. However, predicting which Alabama and Auburn stars will shine (or not) is a much more intriguing proposition.

Here's what we can expect from the biggest stars that will be featured in the Iron Bowl.


AJ McCarron

McCarron has been the biggest difference in the Tide's offense this season from last season.

He may not be flashy, but McCarron is the perfect quarterback for Nick Saban's pro-style offense. He is accurate, smart and has the experience to put the Tide in a good position to win offensively.

Turnovers are the only thing that could possibly keep Auburn in this game. With McCarron at the helm, the Tigers aren't very likely to be forcing very many turnovers—McCarron only has two interceptions this year an both were against Texas A&M.

McCarron only had six pass attempts against Western Carolina and he completed all six of them. Don't expect the Tide to air it out a ton against the Tigers, but he should have a good performance in preparation for Georgia in the SEC Championship game.

Predicted Stat Line: 230 yards on 17-of-20 passing. Two touchdowns with no interceptions.


Eddie Lacy

T.J. Yeldon is a talented back, but Eddie Lacy is still the most consistent option on the roster for Alabama.

Last week he got 10 carries and turned them into 99 yards for three touchdowns. This week he should be in for another huge game as Auburn's run defense is giving up 190 yards per game on the ground.

It was in a limited role, but Lacy didn't impress against Auburn last season. He netted six yards on only four carries while playing behind Trent Richardson.That may not seem like a big deal, but Lacy will be sure to remember that when playing against their bitter rival this time around.

Expect Lacy to run wild this year to make his own mark on this rivalry's history.

Predicted Stat Line: 15 carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns.


Tre Mason

The Auburn offense hasn't been all bad this season. Running back Tre Mason has managed to put together some great games for Auburn despite no passing game to keep defenses honest.

Through 11 games, Mason has 920 rushing yards and is averaging just over six yards per carry. For an offense that relies on him to produce every week, that's not too shabby.

However, Mason will be going against one of the best defenses in the country. The Crimson Tide have all kinds of NFL talent in the front seven and will be looking to post a dominant performance after losing to Texas A&M just two weeks ago.

Mason may have a decent run or two, but he will probably put up similar numbers to the ones he had against Georgia when Auburn was shut out 38-0.

Predicted Stat Line: 20 carries for 60 yards with no touchdowns.