2011 Iron Bowl: What Does the Auburn Tigers Have to Do to Shock Bama?

Michael AbbottContributor IIINovember 20, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  Head coach Gene Chizik of the Auburn Tigers is congratulated by head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide after the Tigers 28-27 win at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Well it's that time of year again. Time to give thanks with friends and loved ones, and a time for anxiety and hate. Yes, it's time to play the annual Iron Bowl.

The season began with much promise and a sense of the unknown for the Auburn Tigers. Auburn had lost a lot of seniors but the plainsmen were riding high with a national title and two Top 10 recruiting classes.

Eleven games later the Auburn family has seen a lot of ups and downs with this young team, mostly downs. Auburn has seemed to regress in a lot of areas and we may see changes for the 2012 season. But next week Auburn will have to dig deep and bring to surface the talent that is there but has yet to be utilized.

For Auburn to beat Alabama it will take every man to give everything that got, and then some.

The first thing the Tigers must do is slow down Trent Richardson. The defensive front for Auburn must get a push and get to him before he gets started. They have shown they are capable of doing that against South Carolina, but unfortunately, it hasn't been seen much since.

Furthermore, Auburn must make sure tackles. Force Alabama to throw quick passes then get hits on the receivers, which could force some turnovers and make Bama punt or attempt field goals.

On offense, coach Malzahn should throw away his trick plays. They haven't worked all year and it'll be best to just line up and play his offense and not get into any long yardage situations that are unnecessary. If he does try to run a trick or two, they should be quick hitters, Saban's defense is too quick and disciplined for anything that takes time to develop.

Also, they should take their shots deep. Try to back the secondary off the line by running some deep routes. LSU hit a few and it gives the receivers more of a man on man advantage instead of trying to go against the entire 11. Bama is very quick to the ball and very good at tackling, going deep and hitting a few will open up the screen game and make Bama think a little more.

Give Michael Dyer the rock. Yeah, it's hard to run against that Bama defense but let's face it, Dyer is the best player on offense if not the whole team. LSU was able to at least move the ball somewhat and Georgia Southern did very well with the option.

Lastly is, let's run some option. Alabama had a hard time containing the option this past week. Yeah, they may have been looking ahead but with Frazier at quarterback and Dyer running the option, it gives the Tigers a shot at getting to the edge instead of hitting the meat of the Bama defense, which is the middle. Dyer and Frazier has the ability to hit some big gainers.If they can do that and keep the defense fresh and Richardson on the bench, Auburn has a shot.

It won't be easy but if the Tigers give it all they got for 60 minutes, another Top 10 team could go down in defeat making a even bigger mess for the BCS.