College Football Week 13: Auburn At #2 Alabama
- CoachingAuburn, 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.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.
- OffenseIn 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.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.
- DefenseAuburn’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.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 TeamsAuburn’s special teams have been the strength of this team.The Tide had a special teams touchdown last week when they returned a fumble on a punt for a score.
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