Football Alabama visits Auburn.

#7
Am I losing my mind and still hung over from Friday.... or has Gary Danielson talkin crap by saying that Georgia is going to meet either Alabama or Auburn in the SEC playoff for a spot in the final 4. Auburn's 9-2.... a two-loss team (one inside the SEC)..... so even a win over us (11-0) wouldn't put their win/loss above us... soooooo how could they vault themselves into the SEC championship. Or is that better Scotch than I imagined?
 
#9
Am I losing my mind and still hung over from Friday.... or has Gary Danielson talkin crap by saying that Georgia is going to meet either Alabama or Auburn in the SEC playoff for a spot in the final 4. Auburn's 9-2.... a two-loss team (one inside the SEC)..... so even a win over us (11-0) wouldn't put their win/loss above us... soooooo how could they vault themselves into the SEC championship. Or is that better Scotch than I imagined?
Whomever wins the Iron Bowl goes to the SEC Championship as the winner of the West. Both teams would have 1 SEC loss if Auburn wins but they would own the head-to-head over Bama. Their Clemson loss does nothing to their SEC chances in a two way tie.
 

bamaledge

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#13
I hate the barn! I hate the high school coach they have. I hate his trick plays he plays on ever down. I hate the way they call it the loveliest little village on the plains. I hate everything about them, except I have cousins in Lochapoka.
 
#15
Mercer compares Alabama, Auburn after losing to Crimson Tide

Five SEC West teams have played Alabama and Auburn this season.

So too has Mercer, which Alabama destroyed on Saturday in a 56-0 rout.

Here is a rundown of what Bears head coach Bobby Lamb and his players said about the two rivals as well as the loss to the Crimson Tide.

Head Coach Bobby Lamb

Opening Statement:

"Obviously it was not the result we wanted, but when you're playing the No. 1 team in the country and you don't execute the way you need to execute on offense and defense, you get exposed. We were exposed today early. Alabama is very powerful on offense and they have a great offensive line, a great system, and we couldn't seem to slow them down.

"I thought we moved the ball well enough on offense in the first half; however, we'd get across the 50 and we'd stall a little bit. The three turnovers really hurt. I thought we started playing a little bit better in the second quarter on defense, but there is a reason that Alabama is Alabama. They have a very good football team. I guess the only stat we won today was time of possession, and that's because they were scoring so doggone quick. You want to say it was a great experience for our football team, a great experience for our seniors, and one that we'll learn from and take into next year as we continue to build this program."

On the biggest difference between their game vs. Auburn earlier this season and this one:

"Well, if you look at the Auburn game early, I don't really think Auburn had found themselves yet. They were kind of spinning. They didn't know which way they were going. They racked up 500 yards on us, but we got five turnovers. We were able to move the ball a little bit better. This team here [Alabama] is really good in all phases of the game and you add their punter who can punt it to the moon and back, it's a very difficult football team."

On replacing QB Kaelan Riley with Tanner Brumby:

"Well, you're getting your brains beat out. Kaelan [Ridley] was struggling a little bit. Tanner [Brumby] is going through practice, he gets every other rep. This week he has gotten a lot of practice reps, so we decided to go with him and let him take a shot at it. It's nothing more than we were getting beat. We needed to see if he could make some plays for us."

Thomas Marchman, Offensive Lineman

On Alabama's defensive line:

"They're the best. They're big and fast and strong; I haven't seen anything like that since Auburn. Playing against those guys, you're probably not going to get a lot of drive - you got to use angles and your body and use the double team well."

On the differences between playing Alabama and Auburn:

"They're pretty similar but with the Auburn game, we were in the game until halfway through the fourth quarter - we were down by seven with seven to ten minutes to go. The pressure was building, whereas today we fell behind early and were crawling back trying to get points on the board. As far as the crowd goes and the level of play, I thought they were pretty similar."

Lee Bennett, Linebacker

Thoughts on Alabama's offense:

"We knew going in their offense wasn't that complicated, they just stay consistent throughout the game and that's what separates them (from other teams). They have speed, size, strength and they capitalized on that and used it to their advantage. You have to tip your hat to them - they came out and balled in the first quarter and it got out of hand after that."

On the differences between Alabama and Auburn:

"Auburn is more of a spread type offense - trying to get outside and use their speed, whereas Alabama will try to use their strength and power it down your throat and that's what they did today."

Mercer compares Alabama, Auburn after losing to Crimson Tide
 
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TerryP

ADMINISTRATION
#17
I do find them entertaining.
Case in point:

In the press conference yesterday Gus is doing his thing...

"We're playing the #1 team at home, again. We just played the #1 team, again." (OK, I don't get the last again...likely Waffle House lingo.)

Here's what killed me. After his little diatribe he's asked if he chooses to ignore the reports about the coaching carousel. He responds, "One week you're getting fired. The next week you're linked to another job. Yes, I ignore them." All the while you can look at his face and see he's been paying attention to the stories about him and his team. It's his MO.

Synopsis: Gus ignores all the rumors but gets pissed off about them at the same time.
 
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Michael Casagrande |

#19
Alabama took care of business Saturday.

This isn't a situation where they refuse to utter each other's name. Nick Saban just kinda glazed over the obvious speaking in the moments after Alabama's 56-0 win over Mercer.

He mentioned the fact the team "understands the challenges we have ahead of us." Since the Crimson Tide takes things one game at a time, that can mean only one thing.

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 6 Auburn, 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Jordan-Hare Stadium.

It's now Iron Bowl week.

The topic everyone made sure to avoid is finally upon this state.

"It's huge looking back at tradition," running back Josh Jacobs said. "It's always a huge and big game."

Very true.

And this one is even more huge. This also doubles as a SEC West title game with the Tigers entering with one league loss. It's the first winner-take-all version of this rivalry since the infamous 2013 game.

All of that can be distracting.

The poisonous media tends to ask about it before playing the final tune-up and players quickly deflect.

One, however, admitted to allowing rivalry creep into his subconscious before the final gun Saturday.

"I tried to focus on the game we had tonight," senior safety Hootie Jones said. "And once it got to the fourth quarter with two minutes left, you gotta ... you're always going to have the thought of Auburn in the back of your head the whole game. But you gotta execute what we need to execute today."

They did, efficiently. Alabama scored touchdowns on each of its first five possessions to remove any doubt quickly.

The clock started after the final play toward the end of Alabama's mandated 24-hour celebration before moving on.

Receiver Calvin Ridley didn't plan on cheating that. Talk of early Auburn film study didn't interest him Saturday afternoon.

"I haven't seen anything yet," he said. "I'm just going to enjoy this one."

Fittingly, Alabama's non-conference opponent Saturday also happened to face Auburn in September. Mercer was in the game with the Tigers until the fourth quarter before falling 24-10. Bear linebacker Lee Bennett had an early scouting report.

"Auburn is more of a spread type offense - trying to get outside and use their speed," he said, "whereas Alabama will try to use their strength and power it down your throat and that's what they did today."

Bennett's season ended Saturday, which frees him up to watch next week's big game.

He doesn't have a dog in the fight, but practically everyone in this already divided state does. There was hesitancy to talk about it Saturday, but it's brewing.

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