Auburn vs. Alabama: Tide's Rout of Tigers Feels Empty

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Auburn vs. Alabama: Tide's Rout of Tigers Feels Empty
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The Iron Bowl didn't have the same flavor this year. It was the most boring version of the game in recent memory. The Tide dominated and yes the cheerleaders cheered, and the band played, but no one really needed to watch this game.

The Auburn Tigers were so dreadful this season, and the rout was on from the opening kickoff. We all knew the Alabama Crimson Tide had to win this game, but we also knew these Tigers didn't have a chance to seriously challenge them.

I wrote in another article the Tigers had just about the same chance to knock off the Tide as Western Carolina did. That proved to be true, as the final score of both games was 49-0.

This was an after thought in what should have been an amazing day of football in the state of Alabama.

After the insignificant smoke was cleared in the 49-0 massacre, Alabama waits to see what happens with Notre Dame and USC. They know they'll face Georgia in the SEC title game, but the Florida Gators are lurking as a possible wild-card threat to reach the BCS title game.

In truth, this Tide team doesn't feel like one of the top two teams in the country. Yes, they blew out Auburn, and knocked off LSU, but as we head into the SEC title game, their resume isn't better than Florida's.

I'm not sure beating Georgia would convince me otherwise.

What we had in the Iron Bowl was a pitiful Tigers team matched against a vastly superior, but slightly overrated Tide team.

Generally, I'd never say this about any SEC program—especially Alabama—but they are benefiting from a softer schedule. It's not soft by the nation's standards, but compared to the path the Gators have travelled, it's pretty plush.

All of these factors contributed to the damaging of the latest version of the SEC's best rivalry. The game and the scenarios surrounding it were anything but ideal. Hopefully, Auburn can rebound from their nightmarish season in 2013 to at least make the game respectable.

I'd hate to have to sit through another game like this.

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