Social media reacts to Alabama’s steep drop in latest CFP rankings – Saturday Down South

Social media reacts to Alabama’s steep drop in latest CFP rankings  Saturday Down South

Alabama freefalls out of CFB Playoff Top-10, behind No. 11 Auburn after Iron Bowl loss – Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama freefalls out of CFB Playoff Top-10, behind No. 11 Auburn after Iron Bowl loss  Montgomery Advertiser

Auburn jumps Alabama in latest CFP rankings – WSFA

Auburn jumps Alabama in latest CFP rankings  WSFA

Auburn jumps Alabama in latest CFP rankings – WSFA

  1. Auburn jumps Alabama in latest CFP rankings  WSFA
  2. Bowl projections for Auburn entering championship weekend  247Sports
  3. Video: Inside Look At Auburn’s Locker Room After Iron Bowl Win  The Spun
  4. it looks like when Alabama finally meets a Bo Nix offense  Montgomery Advertiser
  5. View full coverage on Google News

Auburn jumps Alabama in latest CFP rankings – WBRC

Auburn jumps Alabama in latest CFP rankings  WBRC

WATCH: Auburn celebrates in locker room after Iron Bowl – 247Sports

WATCH: Auburn celebrates in locker room after Iron Bowl  247Sports

Auburn research may help develop cure for children with deadly disease – Yellowhammer News

Auburn research may help develop cure for children with deadly disease  Yellowhammer News

Auburn commit earns 5th star in 247Sports Composite rankings – 247Sports

Auburn commit earns 5th star in 247Sports Composite rankings  247Sports

What it looks like when Alabama finally meets a Bo Nix offense – Montgomery Advertiser

What it looks like when Alabama finally meets a Bo Nix offense  Montgomery Advertiser

Video: Inside Look At Auburn’s Locker Room After Iron Bowl Win – The Spun

Video: Inside Look At Auburn’s Locker Room After Iron Bowl Win  The Spun

Bowl projections for Auburn entering championship weekend – 247Sports

Bowl projections for Auburn entering championship weekend  247Sports

Bowl projections for Auburn entering championship weekend – 247Sports

Bowl projections for Auburn entering championship weekend  247Sports

ESPN releases SEC power rankings after Week 14 – Saturday Down South

ESPN releases SEC power rankings after Week 14  Saturday Down South

2019 War Blogle Pick ’em Week 14 Results

Congratulations to Park Slope Shane for taking Week 14 of the 2019 War Blogle Pick ’em and winning a War Blogle sticker. Want any of that? Send me $3 and your address, or just win next week. But let’s be honest, it’s just easier to send three bucks.

Remember that after Week 15, I will be giving out an Auburn Hover Helmet to the overall leader in the standings at that point.

If you’re like me and don’t see your name, go check out the scoresheet (select Week 14).

If you missed joining last week, you can still join. It may be tough to win the whole thing, but you can still go for the win every 5 weeks.

Tuesday Auburn football & basketball Tiger Tidbits – 247Sports

Tuesday Auburn football & basketball Tiger Tidbits  247Sports

Javion Cohen has ‘long’ talk with Saban about life during home visit – Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Javion Cohen has ‘long’ talk with Saban about life during home visit  Touchdown Alabama Magazine

SEC Basketball Power Rankings: Tennessee’s mixed week, Auburn rolls and Texas A&M struggles – Saturday Down South

SEC Basketball Power Rankings: Tennessee’s mixed week, Auburn rolls and Texas A&M struggles  Saturday Down South

Five-star defensive tackle Lee Hunter commits to Auburn – 247Sports

Five-star defensive tackle Lee Hunter commits to Auburn  247Sports

Lee Hunter’s coach: Tigers getting the total package – 247Sports

Lee Hunter’s coach: Tigers getting the total package  247Sports

Five-star defensive tackle Lee Hunter commits to Auburn – 247Sports

Five-star defensive tackle Lee Hunter commits to Auburn  247Sports

Dye-Gest: A great football game and a great Auburn man – 247Sports

Dye-Gest: A great football game and a great Auburn man  247Sports

How Alabama’s Mac Jones has already helped himself in next year’s starting QB competition – Montgomery Advertiser

How Alabama’s Mac Jones has already helped himself in next year’s starting QB competition  Montgomery Advertiser

Predicting what the 5th College Football Playoff rankings will look like – Saturday Down South

Predicting what the 5th College Football Playoff rankings will look like  Saturday Down South

Bowl Projections Following Week 14 – Last Word on College Football

Bowl Projections Following Week 14  Last Word on College Football

Projecting championship weekend’s CFB Playoff Top 25 – 247Sports.com

Projecting championship weekend’s CFB Playoff Top 25  247Sports.com

5 new things since Alabama Football last lost two regular season games – Bama Hammer

5 new things since Alabama Football last lost two regular season games  Bama Hammer

What’s next for Auburn after the huge Iron Bowl win? – 247Sports

What’s next for Auburn after the huge Iron Bowl win?  247Sports

Scenes 12.3: Auburn Rolls Over the Tide – The Sideline Observer

Scenes 12.3: Auburn Rolls Over the Tide  The Sideline Observer

Seniors enjoy final Iron Bowl experience at Jordan-Hare – 247Sports

Seniors enjoy final Iron Bowl experience at Jordan-Hare  247Sports

Auburn’s Gus Malzahn named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week – Saturday Down South

Auburn’s Gus Malzahn named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week  Saturday Down South

Auburn football fans need this new BreakingT Iron Bowl t-shirt – Fly War Eagle

Auburn football fans need this new BreakingT Iron Bowl t-shirt  Fly War Eagle

Kirk Herbstreit says Auburn fans should be ‘celebrating Gus Malzahn’ after big Iron Bowl win – Saturday Down South

Kirk Herbstreit says Auburn fans should be ‘celebrating Gus Malzahn’ after big Iron Bowl win  Saturday Down South

SEC Fines Auburn $250K for Storming Field After Iron Bowl Win – Heavy.com

SEC Fines Auburn $250K for Storming Field After Iron Bowl Win  Heavy.com

Auburn, volleyball coach Rick Nold mutually agree to part ways

Auburn and head volleyball coach Rick Nold have mutually agreed to part ways, Auburn Director of Athletics Allen Greene announced Monday.

The Greatest Iron Bowl Video Ever

When Auburn played this video before the 2019 Iron Bowl, I tweeted that I wanted to marry it. The offer still stands. It shows everything that is Auburn and everything that is the Iron Bowl to Auburn. When Coach Pat Dye showed up, I wasn’t crying, YOU were crying.

Auburn Football Review: Alabama

The best Auburn Football Review of 2019 shows a highly pumped Gus Malzahn in the locker room. He and Andy then sit down and discuss the Iron Bowl win, there’s another Bo Jackson segment, and the 1989 team is featured.

Gameday Tweets: Auburn 48, Alabama 45

WarBlogle_twitter_newSurprisingly, cell service was okay before and during the game. Once the game started, as you’ll see, I was really only able to blurt out short screamy things. But that was because of the game, not the service. That said, there were plenty of opportunities for loud noises. It was the walk to and from Toomer’s when everything went dark. It wasn’t until I got home that long, well-formed thoughts were able to get out. Stay for those. Follow me.

Auburn Dean adds 1 second to all final exams following Tigers’ latest Iron Bowl win – Saturday Down South

Auburn Dean adds 1 second to all final exams following Tigers’ latest Iron Bowl win  Saturday Down South

Highlights of Auburn’s 48-45 Win Over Alabama

It was one for the ages. There were 100 lead changes. There were exciting plays. There was complaining about unfair play calls that are totally fair. Auburn won the 84th Iron Bowl.

Wisconsin bowl projections after week 14 – 247Sports

Wisconsin bowl projections after week 14  247Sports

Wiley tabbed SEC Player of the Week

BIRMINGHAM – Auburn center Austin Wiley has been tabbed as the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.

Austin Wiley named SEC Player of the Week – 247Sports

Austin Wiley named SEC Player of the Week  247Sports

Monday Auburn football & basketball Tiger Tidbits – 247Sports

Monday Auburn football & basketball Tiger Tidbits  247Sports

Auburn fined $250,000 by SEC for fans storming field after Iron Bowl – Yahoo Sports

Auburn fined $250,000 by SEC for fans storming field after Iron Bowl  Yahoo Sports

2 Auburn players earn SEC player of week awards after Iron Bowl – 247Sports

2 Auburn players earn SEC player of week awards after Iron Bowl  247Sports

College Football Power Rankings: Week 15 (2019) – BettingPros

College Football Power Rankings: Week 15 (2019)  BettingPros

Paul Finebaum: Gus Malzahn latest to out-coach Nick Saban – 247Sports

Paul Finebaum: Gus Malzahn latest to out-coach Nick Saban  247Sports

Jason Caldwell’s Monday morning quarterback column – 247Sports

Jason Caldwell’s Monday morning quarterback column  247Sports

Alabama’s kicker is so sorry he missed a game-tying field goal that he wrote a letter to fans – The Washington Post

Alabama’s kicker is so sorry he missed a game-tying field goal that he wrote a letter to fans  The Washington Post

Why Michigan cannot beat Ohio State, how Alabama missed the College Football Playoff and more – ESPN

Why Michigan cannot beat Ohio State, how Alabama missed the College Football Playoff and more  ESPN

Damien Harris defends Mac Jones to Stephen A. Smith – 247Sports

Damien Harris defends Mac Jones to Stephen A. Smith  247Sports

Damien Harris defends Mac Jones to Stephen A. Smith – 247Sports

Damien Harris defends Mac Jones to Stephen A. Smith  247Sports

SEC Football power rankings for Week 15 – A Sea Of Blue

SEC Football power rankings for Week 15  A Sea Of Blue

College football conference power rankings – ESPN

College football conference power rankings  ESPN

Pat Sullivan Was An Auburn Icon and an Unbelievable Man

It’s difficult to explain to younger generations what Pat Sullivan meant not only to the Auburn Family but to the game in general. The Auburn legend passed away Sunday morning, he was 69 years old. He was not only a legend, he was a college football icon. He may be the last of the gentlemen coaches that used to roam the sideline. Men like his mentor, legendary Coach Ralph Shug Jordan.

Pat was a three-sport letterman at John Carroll CatholicHigh School in Birmingham – playing basketball, baseball, and football. Although he was a natural baseball player he went on to football stardom at Auburn.

In his day players were not allowed to play varsity sports till their sophomore year. In the three years he played, Pat broke or set school and NCAA records for passing and in 1970 led the nation in total offense.

Opposing coaches were in awe of his talent. After losing to Auburn, Georgia coach Vince Dooley said, “We were beaten by the best quarterback I’ve ever seen. Sullivan was a super player having a super day.”

Sports Illustrated, picking up on Dooley’s quote, headlined its article about the game with the title, “Underneath That 7 Is An S.” The magazine said Pat Sullivan could, “..do everything but leap tall buildings in a single bound.”

Dooley’s sentiment was often echoed by other SEC coaches such as Alabama’s Bear Bryant, who felt Sullivan was one of the best to ever play the game. After Sullivan rallied the Tigers from a 17-0 deficit to defeat Alabama 33-28 in the 1970 Iron Bowl, Bryant said,“[Sullivan] does more things to beat you than any quarterback I’ve ever seen.”

Pat finished his varsity career with 6,284 passing yards and a NCAA record of 71 total touchdowns (53 passing and 18 running). A two-time All American, he was a two-time SEC player of the year, most valuable player in two bowl games, and still commands a place in the SEC record books. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

Sullivan was the second SEC Quarterback and the first Auburn player to win the Heisman Trophy. And he was given the Walter Camp Award in 1971 as the College Football Player of the Year.
He was part of the greatest tandem in college football history. The phrase “Sullivan to Beasley” is forever etched in the annals of Auburn football lore. Yet he remained a humble and gracious man.

I remember meeting him in the summer of 1988 at a booster club meeting. Although an Auburn sports hero, he treated my wife and I as though he had known us for years. And later he sent my wife an autographed picture that had been taken of our time together; a gesture that he went out of his way to do for us. Yes, he was a humble and gracious man.

After playing four years in the NFL he became a successful Birmingham business man and color analyst for Auburn football before becoming an Auburn assistant coach.

His career saw coaching stops at Auburn, TCU, UAB, and Samford University. As Pat Dye‘s quarterback coach, he helped Auburn win three SEC championships during the eighties while mentoring Auburn quarterback greats Jeff Burger, Reggie Slack, and Stan White.

He was the winningest coach in the history of Samford University, and in 2014 Samford renamed its football field house the Sullivan-Cooney Family Field House in his honor.

Many don’t realize it, but he was responsible for the renaissance of TCU football. In 2014 the school recognized that when it honored him and his 1994 Southwest Conference Championship team when TCU played Samford in the season opener. It was Sullivan who laid the foundation for the success the Horned Frogs enjoy today. And, he did it on a shoestring budget.

TCU trustee Malcolm Louden admitted, “We let him down on some things, and it made his job here more difficult.” He continued, “But down to the end, he remained one of the nicest, classiest people I’ve ever known.” Yet, the school refused to let him out of his contract when LSU made an offer to hire him in Baton Rouge.

Current TCU Coach, Gary Patterson said at the time, ““Pat Sullivan is an unbelievable man. A great football coach.” And anyone who ever met Pat came away with the same impression, he was just unbelievable.

His health hadn’t been good since he began a battle with throat cancer 16 years ago, and he had difficulty even coaching from the sideline his final 2914 season due to back surgery he had underwent before the start of that season. 

Health issues precipitated his retirement as Samford Head Coach. But his impact on the game was far greater than just a football coach. Fiercely loyal to his alma mater, he spent his life teaching youth his values and mentoring them, teaching them to be men, to be accountable, to have integrity, and all the while treating them as if they were his own sons.

So, the man who was the gentleman of college football has gone. His passing is a great loss to his wife Jean and their family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them. It’s a sad day not only for the Sullivan’s but for the extended Auburn Family as well. 

It’s also a sad day for college football to not have this giant of a gentleman around the game. In this day of big ego coaches who always seem ready to move on to the next highest bidder, the game needs more Pat Sullivan’s.

“He was an unbelievable man.”

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Week 15 College Football Power Rankings, Auburn upsets Alabama – Lineups

Week 15 College Football Power Rankings, Auburn upsets Alabama  Lineups

Cyber Monday special: 75% off annual VIP membership – 247Sports

Cyber Monday special: 75% off annual VIP membership  247Sports

LAST DAY: 75% off annual VIP membership – 247Sports

LAST DAY: 75% off annual VIP membership  247Sports

Auburn football legend and Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan has died – CNN

  1. Auburn football legend and Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan has died  CNN
  2. Heisman winner, former coach Pat Sullivan dies  ESPN
  3. View full coverage on Google News

Sad fans are sad, Week 14: Rivalry Week edition – Saturday Down South

Sad fans are sad, Week 14: Rivalry Week edition  Saturday Down South

SEC bowl projections, Week 14: Rivalry Week scrambles order – Saturday Down South

SEC bowl projections, Week 14: Rivalry Week scrambles order  Saturday Down South

Auburn football legend and Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan has died – CNN

Auburn football legend and Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan has died  CNN

Voices of the SEC: We already miss the regular season – Tennessean

Voices of the SEC: We already miss the regular season  Tennessean

Auburn football legend and Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan has died – CNN

Auburn football legend and Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan has died  CNN

Auburn friends, family, players react to Pat Sullivan’s passing – 247Sports

Auburn friends, family, players react to Pat Sullivan’s passing  247Sports

Michigan Football: Grading the Wolverines loss to Ohio State – GBMWolverine

Michigan Football: Grading the Wolverines loss to Ohio State  GBMWolverine

Here’s the biggest news you missed this weekend – USA TODAY

Here’s the biggest news you missed this weekend  USA TODAY

ESPN Releases New Bowl Predictions After Rivalry Week – The Spun

ESPN Releases New Bowl Predictions After Rivalry Week  The Spun

ESPN Releases New Bowl Predictions After Rivalry Week – The Spun

ESPN Releases New Bowl Predictions After Rivalry Week  The Spun

ESPN Releases New Bowl Predictions After Rivalry Week – The Spun

ESPN Releases New Bowl Predictions After Rivalry Week  The Spun

Auburn Tops the Tide! (Grading Auburn’s 48-45 win over Alabama.)

Sal Cannella snatches one away from Bama!

     War Eagle everybody! It’s time now for the Acid Reign Report on an epic 48-45 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide. A day later, I still can’t believe the Tigers pulled this win off. A look at the stat sheets boggles the mind. Alabama scored 5 offensive touchdowns to Auburn’s 3. Alabama had 161 more yards of offense than Auburn did, and Auburn allowed a kick return touchdown for good measure. If you had told me that Alabama was going to have 515 yards of offense and score 45 points, I would have envisioned an Alabama blowout win.

     Midway through the second quarter, the game was tied at 10-10 on a long field goal by Anders Carlson. The game looked for all the world like it was going to be one of those tense, low-scoring Iron Bowls. Then, an explosion of points occurred before halftime. First, Alabama quarterback Mac Jones threw possibly his only bad pass of the day. The pass sailed, and was picked off by Smoke Monday, who took it to the end zone. The Auburn lead did not last long. Bama’s Jaylen Waddle ran the ensuing kickoff back through the heart of the Auburn coverage without being touched. On Auburn’s second play, JaTarvious Whitlow fumbled the ball back to Alabama in Auburn territory.

     Alabama cashed the lone Auburn turnover of the day quickly, hitting a perfectly thrown fade route to DeVonta Smith to the Auburn 4 yard line. Mac Jones, falling backwards under intense pressure found Henry Ruggs in the back of the end zone. In just a few plays, Auburn was trailing Alabama 24-17. Auburn answered, with 3 incredible catches in a row. First, Seth Williams made a one-handed grab of a 37 yard fade pass. Then Will Hastings came out of nowhere to snag an attempted throw-away for another first down. Then quarterback Bo Nix lofted a pass to the end zone that looked for all the world to be overthrown and out of bounds. Sal Cannella leaped and snagged the pass, and got both feet down in bounds for the tying touchdown.

     Jaylen Waddle burned Auburn quickly on the next series. Jones found Waddle on a simple curl route, and Waddle outran the whole Auburn secondary for a 58 yard touchdown. Auburn had the ball last in the half, hoping to move it at least for a field goal, but the Tigers were out of timeouts. A screen pass to JaTarvious Whitlow got a first down at the Alabama 34, but the clock seemed to expire while Alabama was wrestling Whitlow to the ground. Video replay showed that Whitlow was down with 1 second left.

     I’ve seen much arguing about the officials on this one, but to my view I think they got it right. The real issue was whether Auburn would be able to snap the ball and get a field goal attempt off, before the clock expired. While the review was going on, Alabama players went to the locker room, while Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn sent the field goal unit out, and got them lined up. Most descriptions of the play don’t mention this, but Alabama had to call timeout in order to get their field goal block unit out there. It is in the official box score play-by-play, “Timeout Alabama, clock 00:01.” So, instead of the clock starting again at the ready-to-play signal, the rule is that after a timeout the clock does not start till the ball is snapped. Daniel Carlson was true on the 52 yard attempt, and Alabama led 31-27 at the half.

     Auburn began the second half holding Alabama to a rare 3 and out, and got good field position out of the punt. The Tigers had to settle for a field goal on that possession, which cut the Alabama lead to 31-30. Alabama then threatened to take control of the game, driving the ball relentlessly down the field to a first and goal at the Auburn 9. From there, a weird day turned even more bizarre.

     A total of 6 plays were run inside the Auburn 10, and it looked for all the world that Alabama was about to go up by 8 points. An incomplete 3rd down pass had the look of a heroic Auburn stop, but a roughing the passer flag gave Alabama a first down. Auburn stoned an Alabama handoff, but then a pass interference flag gave Alabama yet another first down at the 2 yard line. On 1st down, Mac Jones dropped to pass, but had to throw it early towards the receiver. The ball hit Alabama receiver Najee Harris in the back, and bounced right to surprised Auburn linebacker Zakoby McClain, who set sail the other way. A big escort of Auburn players walled off any Alabama pursuit. McClain scored, 100 yards later. That was really a critical play, as instead of an 8 point Bama lead, Auburn was up by 6, 37-31.

     The interception did not appear to faze Alabama quarterback Mac Jones. He picked a tired Auburn secondary apart, making a great throw to Jaylen Waddle on a crossing pattern, and Alabama was back in front, 38-37. That was Waddle’s 3rd touchdown of the day. I sure hope Waddle decides to declare for the NFL. Auburn did not have anyone who could catch Waddle in the open field.

     The teams traded punts, then JaTarvious Whitlow had the biggest run of the day, 36 yards, to set up a possible touchdown. A sideline scuffle and personal foul flag on Auburn ended that hope, but the Tigers did get into position with a screen pass to Eli Stove, to bring in the field goal unit once again. And again, Anders Carlson was true, nailing his 4th field goal of the day. Tigers had the lead again, 40-38 as the 3rd quarter came to a close.

     On the ensuing possession, Auburn again could not stop Alabama. The Tide capped the drive with a jump ball pass to Jaylen Waddle, for his 4th touchdown of the day. Alabama led, 44-40, and appeared to be lining up to go for 2. A borderline false-start penalty backed them up, and they settled for the extra point to take a 45-40 lead, with 13:44 left in the game.

     It was do or die time for the Auburn offense, and the Tigers imposed their will. Bo Nix carried twice for 27 yards, drew a roughing the passer flag, and completed all of his passes while JaTarvious Whitlow pounded into the Alabama defense and fought for yards time and time again. Finally, it was 3rd and 5 at the Alabama 11, and Auburn went with the wildcat. The Tigers had really become predictable with that late in the season, always running off tackle to the right. Alabama dutifully shifted over. Instead, the call was a speed sweep, again to the right, but recipient Shaun Shivers had the vision to cut the ball up, and run through an Alabama defender for the touchdown. Auburn was back ahead, and there was an Alabama defender trying to find his helmet that had been knocked off in the collision. The Tigers elected to go for a 2 point conversion. Bo Nix rolled right, and completed a short pass to Shedrick Jackson, who had posted up perfectly just beyond the goal line. Auburn was up 48-45.

     Alabama got the ball back with over 8 minutes left, and it seemed that they had plenty of time. Take their time, Alabama certainly did, with a mostly ground and pound approach. Alabama was hindered by penalties on the drive, false-starting 3 times. Alabama moved to 1st and goal at the Auburn 9 yard line, then false-started again. This made it difficult on the Tide. A quarterback draw got Alabama back to the 10, then on 3rd down Alabama wanted a throw to the end zone. Auburn’s Derrick Brown wasn’t having it. He batted the pass back to Matt Jones, who tried to scramble forward, but Brown pulled him down at the 12. In came the Alabama field goal unit to tie the game up with 30 yard field goal attempt. Incredibly, the kick from Joseph Bulovas hit the left upright, and bounced away, no good!

     Auburn took over at the 20 by rule. Alabama had used up over 6 minutes on their drive, and had come up empty. Auburn ran JaTarvious Whitlow 3 times for 6 yards, eating up all of Alabama’s timeouts. Then another incredible sequence happened.

     I expected Auburn to run as much of the game clock as possible, then punt it back to Alabama with maybe a minute left in the game. Instead, Auburn lined up quickly, with the offense still out there on 4th and 4. “Has Malzahn lost his mind?” I thought. Auburn looked like they wanted to quick snap it, while the Alabama return team was coming out. The official held the snap up, because Auburn had subbed a player in, and allowed Alabama to substitute. Mass confusion reigned, as the Tide coaches realized that the player Auburn had subbed in was punter Arryn Siposs, and Siposs was lined up as a wide receiver. Alabama then tried to pull the return team back off, and get the defense back out there. Unfortunately, way deep the return man Jaylen Waddle did not get the signal in time. Alabama lined up with 12 defenders out there, and the officials threw the flag. The penalty gave Auburn a first down, and from there, Bo Nix was able to take a knee twice, and run the clock out.

     Alabama head coach Nick Saban complained about that 4th down call being unfair in his post-game press conference, but it was well within the rules. If the offense substitutes, the officials will hold the snap up and allow the defense to substitute, also. However, they won’t allow the defense to run players out there, run them back to the sideline and send more players out. A team basically has to be prompt with the substitutions, and can’t just waste time with indecision. You can’t just shuffle endlessly, while breaking down the formation the offense has lined up in.

Unit grades after the jump!

Defensive Line: C+. This was the first game of the year where I can really say that Auburn’s defensive line was matched. Aside from Derrick Brown, no one else up front recorded a stat in the backfield, except for 1 roughing the passer penalty. Brown had 7 total tackles, including 3.5 for a loss, and 1 quarterback hurry. The line contributed 16 total tackles. This was the best offensive line Auburn has seen all year, and the Tide bunch did a really good job.

Linebackers: B+. Auburn linebackers filled holes pretty well, but lost outside contain from time to time, especially early. Zakoby McClain was all over the field, leading all tacklers with 11 total. He also returned an interception 100 yards for a score. I would not have believed any linebacker could return one 100 yards on Alabama, not with all the speed the Tide has on offense. KJ Britt and Owen Papoe were solid, as well. The linebackers were credited with 24 tackles.

Secondary: B-. This group tackled well, but drew several flags and had big trouble with Alabama speed. Smoke Monday had the only sack of the day for Auburn, and Smoke returned an interception for a touchdown. The Auburn secondary had 36 tackles.

Punting: A+. Arryn Siposs had a light day, with only a couple of punts. His decoy work on Auburn’s last 4th down might have been the play of the day. Siposs had punts 52 and 46 yards, and did not allow the ever dangerous Jaylen Waddle to return one. Bo Nix also had a 42-yard quick-kick, which unfortunately rolled in for a touchback. However, that was better than letting Waddle have any chance at it.

Punt Returns: A-. Alabama punted 3 times, and Ty Perine had a good 45-yard average. Christian Tutt was able to field 2 of those for 47 important yards. Tutt did fumble at the end of one return, but fortunately it rolled out of bounds and Auburn kept possession.

Kick Returns: B. This was a tough area to grade. Auburn’s yard per return average was only 16.0 yards, but 2 of the 3 returns were on high sky-kicks. Both teams went to this kicking strategy, and Alabama did pretty well at limiting Auburn’s opportunities and field position, for the most part. I give Auburn a B for not having any muffs.

Place Kicking: B+. I suppose I should count off for the kick return touchdown. I was expecting Anders Carlson to mortar-launch all of the kickoffs out of the end zone, and that didn’t happen. I don’t know if that was just due to an off-day, or if it was by design. I suspect the latter. After the touchdown return, Carlson did exclusively sky kicks, and Auburn did not execute those quite as well as Alabama did. If this grade was just on the field goal unit, the grade would be an A+. Daniel Carlson was perfect on 4 attempts, and Auburn ended up winning by 3 points.

Offensive Line: A. Auburn actually got some push in the middle at times, and pass protected pretty well. The line allowed no sacks, had no flags, and only 4 tackles for a loss. The line paved the way for 181 rushing yards, and a 5.3 yards per carry average.

Running Backs: B-. JaTarvious Whitlow led the way for Auburn with 114 rushing yards, but he also lost a fumble and dropped a pass. Shaun Shivers had the run of the day, scoring a touchdown after bashing an Alabama player’s helmet off. I’ve also got to give H-back Spencer Nigh a mention. He was out there a good bit, and was very helpful against Alabama’s multiple looks and blitzes.

Receivers: A. This was probably the best secondary Auburn has faced this year, yet Auburn receivers made plays. Eli Stove got key tough yards on screens. Seth Williams had 66 receiving yards and made a couple of great catches. Shedrick Jackson executed on the 2-point conversion reception. The catch of the day had to be Sal Cannella’s touchdown. Just incredible!

Quarterback: B-. This wasn’t a great day for Nix, but on the other hand he didn’t cost Auburn with turnovers. Timely running moved the chains and produced points. I have to give credit to Nix for trusting his receivers on some of those throws, and placing it where Alabama couldn’t get the ball.

     Congratulations to the Auburn team on a historic Iron Bowl win over Alabama! And also to those fans who attended and made Alabama miserable with the wall of noise. The fans really hampered Alabama communication, and were possibly the difference in the game.

     For Auburn, it is a week to savor this win, and wait for Bowl Selection time next weekend. My gut says that Auburn will likely get a Citrus or Outback bid, but we will see. There will be a good many 1 or 2 loss teams that don’t make the playoff, most likely. However, the SEC has gotten teams into the New Year’s Six with 3 or 4 losses before. I’m thinking of Ole Miss in 2014 (Peach) and 2015 (Sugar), and Auburn got into the Sugar Bowl in 2016 with 4 losses. Last season, Georgia made the Sugar Bowl with 2 losses, and both Florida and LSU got New Years Six bids (Peach and Fiesta) with 3 losses.

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College football bowl projections – ESPN

College football bowl projections  ESPN

Iron Bowl win a perfect salve for Auburn team, fans – Associated Press

Iron Bowl win a perfect salve for Auburn team, fans  Associated Press

Auburn fan swallowed up by Jordan-Hare bushes following Iron Bowl win – Saturday Down South

Auburn fan swallowed up by Jordan-Hare bushes following Iron Bowl win  Saturday Down South

Photos: Auburn wins the Iron Bowl 48-45 – 247Sports

Photos: Auburn wins the Iron Bowl 48-45  247Sports

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