Though the War Eagle wants to puff out the chest and proclaim definite victory ahead of their matchup with the Alabama Crimson Tide this coming Saturday, Auburn Football may actually be behind the 8-ball against the #1 team in the country.
Riding off the high of a 30-17 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers this past Saturday, Auburn football now stares at the biggest game on the calendar each and every season: a marquee matchup against their SEC West and cross-state rivals, the Alabama Crimson Tide.
While taking care of the Vols–and covering the spread–was a sweet victory for a Tigers team that has had issues putting down inferior opponents throughout this strange 2020 college football season, this has been an underwhelming run for Guz Malzahn’s squad.
Side note: congrats on your 100th game as the face of Auburn football, coach. An extra set of kudos is in order for coaching the Tigers to a win in your milestone contest.
Now, for the bad news: Alabama could very well change the good mood this coming Saturday.
The Crimson Tide are looking unbeatable this season, laying waste to their SEC opponents and anyone else in their way.
The War Eagle is confident in the Tigers’ ability to hang with their historical rival, but here are 3 reasons I’m nervous about falling to the top team in the nation:
Alabama has beaten the best in the country…and has handled the others
The Alabama Crimson Tide have beaten a who’s who of the top teams in the SEC, including a 17-point victory over the Georgia Bulldogs and a four-touchdown victory over Texas A&M.
Unlike Auburn, Alabama also handled the lower level opponents on their slate: winning by a combined 132 against their last three opponents (Kentucky, Mississippi State, Tennessee).