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Live at 9 with Kevin Scarbinsky: Auburn's unstoppable force vs. Alabama's immovable object
Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall runs to daylight during his team's 43-38 win over Georgia on Nov. 16, 2013, in Auburn, Alabama. (Julie Bennettfirstname.lastname@example.org)
It's inevitable. We're going to spend the next 10 days overanalyzing the Mother of all Iron Bowls.
You know it, I know it and we wouldn't have it any other way.
Between our stories and your comments, the total volume of copy written may be longer than War and Peace. If Tolstoy hadn't gotten to that title first just a few years earlier, that could've become the nickname of the Alabama-Auburn game.
For all the man-on-man and coach-vs-coach comparisons we're going to do, we also know that the game itself is going to come down to one matchup.
Auburn's run game vs. Alabama's run defense.
The unstoppable force vs. the immovable object.
Given the level of competition they're facing, the Tigers and the Tide have to be the best in the country at what they do.
Auburn leads the SEC and is third in the nation in rushing offense at 320.3 yards a game. The Tigers average 6.4 yards every time Nick Marshall or Tre Mason or anyone else carries the ball. They've carried the ball across the goal line 37 times.
Meanwhile, Alabama leads the SEC and also is third in the nation in rushing defense at 91.1 yards a game. Opponents average just 3 yards a carry against C.J. Mosley and the Crimson Tide, and they've run the ball across the goal line just five times.
On Nov. 30 at 2:30 p.m. in Jordan-Hare Stadium, it'll be man on man, blocking vs. tackling, strength on strength. The only negative is we've got to wait 10 days to see it.
I'm setting the over/under on Auburn rushing yards in the Iron Bowl at 150. Meet it or exceed it, and Auburn wins. Hold the Tigers under that mark, and Alabama wins.
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