TALE OF THE TAPE

College Football Week 13: Auburn At #2 Alabama

Auburn
Alabama
Georgia v Auburn
Texas A&M v Alabama
Coaching
Auburn, like most every SEC team, won last week. The opponent: Alabama A&M. That means the Tigers’ three wins this season have come against teams from the SWAC, Sun Belt, and WAC.
Winner Look who’s back in the national championship picture. SEC haters certainly don’t like the latest BCS standings, but it looks like Alabama may be two wins away from its second straight national title game appearance.
Offense
In its seven SEC games, Auburn is averaging a pathetic 11.5 points per game. And now it gets to face one of the nastiest defenses in the country.
Winner We can’t take much from Alabama’s game last week since it was against Georgia Southern. But we already know this team can run and pass; it just needs to avoid costly turnovers.
Defense
Auburn’s defense has not been good by any stretch, but optimists could look at the 12 points it gave up to LSU and hope—hope—for a similar performance against ’Bama.
Winner Johnny Football and the Aggies may have made the Tide defense looks mortal, but that doesn’t mean this unit is not elite. It is, and it’s hard to imagine Auburn doing much with the ball.
Special Teams
Auburn’s special teams have been the strength of this team.
Winner The Tide had a special teams touchdown last week when they returned a fumble on a punt for a score.

The Winner Is

Texas A&M v Alabama
Winner Alabama
4 out of 4

It’s the Iron Bowl, one of the biggest rivalries in college football, so you would think Auburn would be fully motivated. But there’s no reason to think they can hang with the Tide.

-Andrew Kahn, College Football Contributor

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