Alabama vs. Auburn: Crimson Tide Will Get Rematch vs. LSU after Crushing Auburn

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 25, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 19:  Running back Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs with the ball during the game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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Last year's edition of the Iron Bowl was one of the most exciting and memorable games in the history of both Auburn and Alabama.

Unfortunately for the Crimson Tide, it was because they blew a 24-point lead in the second half to Cam Newton and the Tigers.

There was a lot on the line for Auburn last season. Cam Newton went on to win the Heisman Trophy, and Auburn managed an SEC Championship and ultimately became national champions.

This year, just as much is on the line for Alabama.

However, this year, they are also the clear favorite.

Alabama enters the game as the No. 2 team in the nation with a 10-1 record. Their only loss of the season came in overtime at the hands of the undefeated and top-ranked LSU Tigers.

Auburn has faced struggles after the departure of Cam Newton. They have managed a 7-4 record and have barely sneaked into the Top 25 with a ranking at the No. 24 spot.

A win for the Crimson Tide will almost certainly get them a rematch against LSU in the national championship game.

In fact, the only way they may lose the chance is if LSU falls to Georgia in the SEC championship.

However, that's unlikely, and more importantly, out of their control.

What's completely in their control is tomorrow's showdown against their rivals in Auburn.

The Crimson Tide really outmatch the Tigers on both sides of the ball. They should have no problems controlling the game.

They boast the top-ranked defense in the nation, allowing a ridiculous 8.4 points per game. Some believe that this defense may be one of the best in the history of college football.

They have the ability to completely control the line of scrimmage not just on defense, but on offense as well.

Trent Richardson is a Heisman candidate with his 1,380 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns.

His backup Eddie Lacy has destroyed opponents as well, rushing for an average of 7.8 yards per carry. He has seven additional touchdowns.

Alabama should have little resistance when it comes to dominating Auburn this year. The bigger the win, the better the chances that they will get a berth in the national championship game.

That's not to say a big win is essential.

Chances are we will all get the rematch that has been talked about since LSU and Alabama played earlier this month.