Tigers' defense will smother Tide

Auburn will face a difficult test from its bitter rival, but the Tigers will escape Tuscaloosa with their title hopes alive.

Originally Published: November 18, 2004
By Steve Muench | Scouts, Inc.
The Tigers are heavily favored and for good reason. They've won their last 12 games, and beaten the Crimson Tide the past two seasons. Auburn has also won all four meetings between these two teams in Tuscaloosa, as the majority of Iron Bowls have been played in Birmingham.

Who: Auburn (3) at Alabama
When: Sat., 3:30 ET (CBS)
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
However, the Tigers cannot afford to overlook Alabama. The Crimson Tide have played the spoiler before, as a 4-5 Alabama team beat a 7-2 Auburn team, 31-7, in 2001.

Alabama head coach Mike Shula is well aware that a win would make this a successful season, despite dropping four games. With the Tigers looking to prove they belong in the national championship game, Alabama would want nothing more than to end those hopes. Expect a physical and emotional game.

Steve Muench played four years of Division I-AA football before joining Scouts Inc. in 2002. He has evaluated both NFL and college players for Scouts Inc., but his current focus is on the NFL draft.