Alabama head coach Nick Saban looks for revenge against the Auburn team that eliminated the Crimson Tide’s chances at a national title in 2013.
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The #15 Auburn Tigers head to Tuscaloosa for the annual Iron Bowl with the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide in the most intense rival in college football.
There isn’t a rival in college sports on even sports for that matter that compares to Auburn vs. Alabama. The hatred between the two schools runs deep and has been competitive, incredible, and sometimes even criminal. In 2013, with the game tied at 28-28 with only 0:01 left on the clock, Alabama tried to kick a long FG to win the game, but the ball fell short and right into the hands of Auburn receiver Chris Davis, who returned the ball 109-yards for a game-winning TD. If this game is anything like last year’s, Alabama will have its hands full.
The Alabama Crimson Tide control their own destiny in both the SEC and the College Football Playoffs and will head to the SEC Championship game with a win over Auburn this week. QB Blake Sims and WR Amari Cooper form the best passing combination in college football and have not lost at home at all this season. In fact, Alabama has not lost a game at home since November 10, 2012 to Texas A&M. Needless to say, the situations for this year’s Iron Bowl will be much different from last year’s.
The Auburn Tigers who started the season 7-1 have lost two of their last three and are now out of SEC title or College Football Playoff consideration at 8-3, but QB Nick Marshall – the same QB who led the epic win over Alabama in 2013 – is still there and is one of the most dynamic QBs in the SEC. With a penchant for making Alabama’s life miserable, Marshall will be arguably the toughest QB to bring down that Alabama has had to face all year.
Prediction: Alabama – The Crimson Tide have one advantage in 2014 that they didn’t last year: Home Field advantage. The Tide are a much different animal at home as opposed to on the road – as they have been for the last several years. Auburn in the meantime has struggled on the road this season, giving up over 30 points in each of their last three road trips. The Crimson Tide will roll over the Tigers.