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It's here, folks: the 75th Iron Bowl! The two programs combine for 1,507 wins, 154 All-Americans, 90 bowl appearances, 36 conference championships and three Heisman winners (and Auburn is probably about to make it four with Cam Newton).
Will Bama upend Auburn's BCS National Championship hopes?
Here is my prediction:
In the first quarter, Alabama gets the ball first and has to settle for a field goal. 3-0 Alabama.
Cam Newton and Auburn respond. A nine-play, 72-yard drive is capped off by a short TD run by Onterio McCalebb. 7-3 Auburn.
After a stretch of good defense by both teams, Bama breaks through right before the first quarter ends as Greg McElroy finds Preston Dial for a TD. 10-7 Alabama after the first quarter.
In the second, AU responds as Cam Newton throws a short TD pass to Darvin Adams. 14-10 Auburn.
With about two minutes left before halftime, Auburn begins to drive again. From the 31-yard line of Alabama, Kodi Burns takes the snap and lobs it to the corner of the end zone for Cam Newton... and it's CAUGHT! Touchdown, Auburn! Cam Newton catches a touchdown, and Auburn leads 21-10 after the first half.
After Bama's defense bends but doesn't break in the third quarter, Bama sets up a short field goal to cut AU's lead to 21-13.
After another stop, Trent Richardson finds the end zone. Touchdown Alabama! The two-point conversion is good, and it's 21-21.
But Auburn finally gets it going again when a big pass from Cam to Terrell Zachery sets up a field goal by Byrum.
After Demond Washington picks off a horrible McElroy pass, Cam Newton runs it in from 52 yards away to give Auburn a 31-21 lead after three quarters.
Bama isn't going away, however, as a long drive is concluded by a touchdown pass from McElroy to Marquis Maze from 13 yards out. 31-28 Auburn.
But on the very next play after the kickoff, Cam Newton goes play-action against Bama's blitz and he finds Emory Blake across the middle wide-open for a 65-yard touchdown to make it 38-28 Auburn.
After a stop on 4th-and-1 at the Auburn 44-yard line, the Tigers chew out some clock and Cam Newton smashes his way in from two yards away. Auburn runs for 351 yards, yet another 300-yard rushing game from the Tigers.
Auburn finishes a magical season with a win in Tuscaloosa. 12-0, how sweet it is, Tigers!
Auburn 45, Alabama 28