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Trent Richarson has not played in the past two weeks, but he needs to have a big game for the Tide. Greg McElroy can take advantage of the Tigers pass defense (100th), but for that to happen they need to be able to run the ball against All-American NT Nick Failey.
Matchup of the Game:
Julio Jones, Marquis Maze, and Darius Hanks against the secondary of Auburn will be the crucial matchup that I am dying to watch.
However, my true matchup to look for is whether or not McElory will have the time to throw the ball downfield. Offensive guard Barrett Jones is out and if the Tide cannot protect against the likes of Fairley, Carter, Equae, Goggans, Blanc, and Clayton then it will be tough sledding for the Tide.
Why Auburn can win:
Because every time Danny V pick's against them they make me look like I am clueless. On paper, this Auburn is easily a top five talent-wise team in the nation when healthy. Cam Newton has carried them on their backs for stretches, but Onterrio McCalebb and Michael Dyer in the backfield have been the best one-two punch in the nation I must say. The legit reason for the success for this team has been the play of this top five OL that Auburn has. Center Ryan Pugh and Tackle Lee Ziemba have both played like 1st team All-SEC linemen.
Auburn is a team of destiny and has battled adversity on the field and off. Cam Newton is the righful winner of the Heisman Trophy and will prove it this weekend. The Crimson Tide fateful will not be singing "Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer" after this ball game. JFAV likes the Tigers by a touchdown.
Why Alabama can win:
Nick Saban is known for winning the national primetime games because he prepares and plays the “us versus world mentality” better than anybody around. Sure, Alabama is a household name but that is not he sees it with his team. Kirby Smart won the Broyles Award (top assistant/coordinator in nation) last season as the defensive coordinator and he will need to come up with some type of solution to slow down Cam Newton. He has been the most dominating player in the nation and it has not even been close quite frankly. The defensive line is led by nose tackle Marcell Dareus and linebacker Dont’a Hightower.
They have a few studs in the secondary as well led by Robert Lester and Mark Barron. Barron is one of the most physical corners in the nation so look for him to come up in the box to try and bottle up Newton and the running game. This game very well should be a shoot out as the team with the ball last for a full possession may win this one.
Danny V picks Bama' to march the field and win on a field goal in an instant classic. John D from Chicago says that football karma is going to catch up with Auburn this weekend to end the title hopes of Newton & company.
Danny V's Pick: ALABAMA 31 AUBURN 30
JFAV's Pick: AUBURN 34 ALABAMA 27