Alabama teammates Terrence Cody, left, and Mark Ingram (22) celebrate their 31-3 victory over Mississippi State. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Is it too early to predict the Iron Bowl?
After all, the game isn't until Nov. 27 and Alabama has a game Saturday against Tennessee-Chattanooga, while Auburn has a much-needed open date.
Well, it's never too early to predict the Iron Bowl. Not in this state. Besides, Alabama's game against Chattanooga is little more than a scrimmage. The Crimson Tide should get a good look at all of its seldom-used reserves the same way the Tigers did eight days ago when they cruised to a 63-31 victory against Furman, another member of the Southern Conference.
I don't see any way for the Tigers to upset the Tide and ruin Alabama's undefeated regular season. Auburn quarterback Chris Todd is too shaky and the Tigers' defense is too prone to big plays.The Tide's defense is too dominant and Alabama's offense is clicking again, running up 452 yards in a 24-15 victory against LSU and 444 yards in a 31-3 victory against Mississippi State, unleashing Heisman Trophy candidate Mark Ingram, wide receiver Julio Jones and even previously struggling quarterback Greg McElroy in the process.
It's been a nice inaugural season for Auburn head coach Gene Chizik, but he'll come up empty in his first head-to-head coaching matchup with the Tide's Nick Saban.
Forget about this being a rivalry game and all that stuff about throwing out the records and anything can happen. The Tide is simply too good.
It won't be the 36-0 beat down it was last year, but not much from that ... Alabama 34, Auburn 10.