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Alabama vs. Auburn: The Iron Bowl Beatdown Leads to a BCS Title Shot

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates their 42-14 win over the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Damon YoungCorrespondent IINovember 27, 2011

It was the beatdown on the plains, a slaughter if you will.

The final score may read 42-14 in favor of Alabama, but not even that is indicative of the Tide's dominance over Auburn.

In fact, Auburn fans should be thanking Alabama for giving them 14 points, especially since their offense scored none and gave up seven.

Perhaps it's time to remove that genius label from the Tigers' offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. Perhaps the term doofus is more applicable since Auburn's best offensive player, Michael Dyer, only saw a total of three carries in the first half.

No, life isn't as peachy when you can't just run the "Cam Newton play."

Alabama's defense was so suffocating at one point, I wondered if Auburn knew they were allowed or even encouraged to attempt to gain a first down.

Instead, it was Jim McElwain who looked like the offensive mastermind, calling a wonderful game and providing formations to create adjustment issues for the clueless Tigers defense.

The simple act of putting a tight end out wide, created confusion on the Auburn defense time and time again.

The Crimson Tide did a nice job with a dink-and-dunk pass attack to set up bigger throws down the field—when you couple that with the respect Alabama's run game demands, you have a recipe for disaster.

It only got worse as Trent Richardson picked up steam, moving through orange and blue piles for extra yards, slashing and stiff-arming his way to a career high 203 yards on the ground, capped with that devastating 57-yard run in the fourth quarter.

If the people voting for the Heisman can take just a second to relieve their man crush on Andrew Luck, then they will see the player most deserving of this reward wears a No. 3 in crimson and white.

The possibility of individual awards is nice, but pale in comparison to what Alabama is now in position to play for: a 14th national championship.

At this point, is there really even an argument? Yes, college football shows and writers will have to fill the time and space with some sort of discussion, but the bottom line is that barring a colossal meltdown by LSU in Atlanta we are going to get the rematch of this year's game of the century.

You don't like it? Tough.

The fact is, the best two teams in the country reside in the SEC west and they were only separated by an overtime field goal.

If you hate the SEC I feel bad for you, because for the next 50-plus days you are going to get a serious dose of the best conference in college football.

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