On Saturday afternoon, the Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the Auburn Tigers in the 2011 edition of the Iron Bowl. Alabama enters this game knowing that due to the results of yesterday’s game, the Iron Bowl is now the only obstacle between the Tide and the BCS Championship Game.
Yesterday, the LSU Tigers routed the Arkansas Razorbacks on their way to claiming the SEC West and a trip to the SEC Championship Game to face the Georgia Bulldogs. During a normal season this may be bad news to Alabama and their fan base, but not this year. In fact, Alabama is in perfect position to win the BCS Championship.
The Crimson Tide will have to take care of Auburn today, but they have been waiting for this game since they met last year. Alabama lost to Auburn in the Iron Bowl last year and that lost has haunted them ever since.
On their home turf, Alabama scored 24 straight points to start the game and it seemed like they were on the way to an easy blowout victory against Cam Newton and the Tigers. After a series of turnovers and defensive miscues, Auburn came from way behind to win the game 28-27 and leave Alabama reeling. The players have been waiting for this game to make up for that loss and will be ready to feast on Auburn.
After an Iron Bowl win, Alabama can wait and watch LSU play an extra game in the SEC Championship. Regardless of the outcome of that game or any other game, Alabama will be the favorite to play in the BCS National Championship Game.
With some time off to prepare and a team filled with determination, the Tide will win the BCS championship without winning the SEC West.
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