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QUICK HITS: No. 2 Alabama 42, Auburn 14

Posted on: November 26, 2011 7:22 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Barring the beatdown to end all beatdowns by Oklahoma State against Oklahoma next week and a stunning change-of-heart from the poll voters, the Crimson Tide strangled the life out of the Auburn offense to punch their ticket to the BCS title game. The Tigers collected just 30 yards of offense through three quarters and failed to score any offensive points--their touchdowns came via a fumble recovery in the end zone and an 83-yard Onterio McCalebb kickoff return. AJ McCarron hit 14-of-18 for three touchdowns in a huge first half and Trent Richardson finished with 203 yards in a Heisman-quality performance.

WHY ALABAMA WON: Alabama's front seven and their rush defense is awfully, awfully good--No. 1 in the nation for a reason, mostly a reason like "held Auburn to 78 rushing yards, and less than 25 before two late garbage-time drives." But their pass defense? That's even better: Clint Moseley completed 11 of his 18 passes, but for just 3.4 yards an attempt and with just one completion beyond the line-of-scrimmage, a 15-yard fourth-quarter pass to Phillip Lutzenkirchen. When Auburn did finally come out of their shell with three deep passes in the third quarter, Dee Milliner responded by promptly picking off Moseley for a game-clinching pick-six.

Again: the front seven is good. Milliner, Dre Kirkpatrick, Mark Barron, Robert Lester, DeQuan Menzie and the rest of the Tide secondary is better. 

WHEN ALABAMA WON: The 27-14 lead Alabama took into the fourth quarter was probably safe given Auburn's offensive struggles. The 35-14 lead given by Milliner's pick-six was entirely insurmountable. 

WHAT ALABAMA WON: We mentioned that whole "99 percent chance of a BCS title opportunity," right? But this being the Iron Bowl, a third win over Auburn in four years ain't too shabby a consolation prize all by itself ... if it's a "consolation prize" at all.

WHAT AUBURN LOST: Any belief this wasn't the worst Auburn season in Gene Chizik's three years. His 2009 team also finished 7-5 but finished their season with a stirring everything-on-the-field battle at home against a Tide team that would go on to win a national title. Today's bludgeoning -- one of four in a series against the Tigers' four biggest annual rivals -- was a far cry from that effort and cements the feeling that Chizik may look towards a shakeup on his coaching staff.


Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 2:23 pm

QUICK HITS: No. 2 Alabama 42, Auburn 14

thank GOD some1 with a brain

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 12:47 am

QUICK HITS: No. 2 Alabama 42, Auburn 14


You are absolutely right that LSU did not with the NC last year.  We LSU fans are well aware of it.  However, here are 3 points I would like to make:

1. If Clemson were undefeated at this point in the year, you yourself would probably be talking about your team's likelihood of wining the NCG.

2. As far as speculation by the media, I do not believe it would be possible to suppress it.  If you have a system you think will work, post it (but patent it first).

3. Given your rating as a superstar, I would expect a better post from you.  It seems to be a bit petty, although I may be oversensitive.   &nb

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:41 pm

QUICK HITS: No. 2 Alabama 42, Auburn 14

With all the talk about LSU winning the championship I cannot help but think about how all this talk is jinxing their chances or repeating. Oh that's right...they did not win last year! :)

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:16 pm

QUICK HITS: No. 2 Alabama 42, Auburn 14

Its a foregone conclusion LSU kills Georgia next saturday.  The only scenario that makes sense is LSU vs. Alabama for the national title.  These are the 2 best teams in the country just as Florida and Florida State were in 1996.  Sickening to the wannabes in the current BCS format but we are going to have ANOTHER National Champion from the SEC.  Learn to love it and live it until another conference can show up.

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