In one of the most lopsided victories in the history of the series, the Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Auburn Tigers 49-0. Alabama now heads to the SEC Championship Game to face the Georgia Bulldogs, where a win could secure them a bid for the BCS Championship.
For Auburn, the speculation now begins on whether head coach Gene Chizik will be fired – almost a certainty – and who his replacement will be. Auburn went 3-8 just two years removed from winning a national championship under Chizik.
Alabama came out strong, going up 14-0 in the first quarter with touchdowns by both Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon. Lacy had 18 carries for 131 yards and two touchdowns on the game, breaking the 1,000-yard mark along the way.
AJ McCarron had a fantastic game before sitting down in the third quarter. The Tide leader was 15-of-21 on the day for 216 yards and four scores. Amari Cooper and Kevin Norwood caught two touchdown passes each in the game. Cooper had five receptions for 109 yards on the day, leading all receivers.
The bad news for the receiving corps was the loss of Kenny Bell, who suffered a broken leg when an Auburn player was rolled up on his leg. Bell left the field and later returned to the sidelines out of uniform and on crutches, and will clearly be out for the remaining games.
After a series in the third quarter the starters left the game, and Blake Sims took over at quarterback, only throwing once in the game, an incomplete pass.
Alabama dominated, with 483 yards of total offense to Auburn’s 163. Auburn was penalized eight times for 77 yards, while Alabama had only ten yards taken away on two penalties.
The Crimson Tide did exactly what they had to do in this rivalry game; shutting down Auburn early and resting their starters for Atlanta. Auburn played hard and clean for the most part, but in the end were simply a vastly inferior team with a coaching staff that looked every bit to be on the way out the door.
The storylines now become whether Alabama can shut down the Bulldogs and punch their ticket to Miami.