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Iron Bowl 2011: What Follows Will Be More Interesting Than the Game Itself

Jonathan Fravel@jfravel135Senior Analyst INovember 26, 2011

Alabama head coach, Nick Saban
Alabama head coach, Nick SabanKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The loss Arkansas suffered at the hands of the LSU Tigers means nothing to the "big picture" scenario of the national championship game. Now only the Iron Bowl looms large, and Alabama will win.

Despite the lengthy articles on the Auburn football blogs suggesting that the Plainsmen have a reasonable chance of victory against the Tide, no educated prognosticator envisions such a scenario. The Crimson Tide will roll right in to Jordan-Hare and paint the entire landscape crimson and white.

The Auburn fanbase has been unusually quiet for the past two weeks, and it's completely understandable. There is no chance for an upset victory by the Auburn Tigers. A snowball has a greater chance of surviving hell.

Ted Roof will be the whipping boy at season end. Gene Chizik will fire the defensive coordinator as the scapegoat for the abysmal 2011 season. If the Iron Bowl is a blood bath for the Tigers, it may happen before the postseason bowl game matchups are announced.

In addition, there is a lot of talk that offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn will take one of the head coaching vacancies available on the college landscape. But after this season's drop off in Auburn's offensive production, it seems his stock is substantially lower than it was this time last year, and the offers are fewer than expected.

Malzahn may want to stay at Auburn for another season. Chizik may have more than one decision to make following their final game in one of the minor bowls.

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If that holds true, Auburn will have to begin a new season with two major changes in the coaching staff in preparation for the 2012 campaign: new coordinators on both sides of the ball. God bless them.

Auburn head coach, Gene Chizik
Auburn head coach, Gene ChizikAl Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Meanwhile, there is no talk of a disruption of business as usual at the Capstone. The Crimson Tide should remain on a roll, despite the potential player losses on offense and defense to matriculation into the NFL and society at large. 2011 will end with a championship run, for the third consecutive year.

The coaching staff will remain intact. The backups who will step into starting roles in 2012, many of whom have logged plenty of valuable time on the field this season, will step into their new roles, and Alabama will begin the season highly ranked.

This is something Alabama fans can get used to while Nick Saban is in command of the program. It's a great time to be a fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

As a fan of college football in the state of Alabama, enjoy the 2011 Iron Bowl.

Whether a fan of the Crimson Tide or the Plainsmen, know that all is business as usual.

As Alabama closes the regular season, the coaching staff prepares to rein in its sixth consecutive top-five recruiting class, taking the cream of the crop from within the state and the region.

Meanwhile, Auburn pleads to enter the Eastern Division as new alignment to the SEC is unveiled. The competition in the West is just too tough.

Know this—the Crimson Tide are without question, the pride of Alabama. Roll Tide Roll. 

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