Posted on: November 26, 2010 3:55 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2010 4:05 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
Alabama is off to a hot start in the 2010 Iron Bowl. With a 24-0 lead midway through the second quarter, the Crimson Tide have completely dictated the pace of this game offensively, and refused to allow Cam Newton to get comfortable on defense. Auburn's defensive backs are widely accepted as the weakest aspect of the second-ranked team in the nation, but head coach Gene Chizik must have expected more than what they have given so far. Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy has already completed 13 of 16 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns. One of those scores was a 68 yard strike to Julio Jones, who did not have much trouble losing the Auburn defenders on the way to the end zone.
You can stream the 2010 Iron Bowl live on CBSSports.com, and also join Tom Fornelli in the CBSSports.com Live Facebok Chat.
But first check out Jones' TD that put Alabama ahead 14-0 in the 1st quarter.
Posted on: November 26, 2010 3:11 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2010 3:15 pm
To bring coverage of the 2010 Iron Bowl full circle, Tom Fornelli will be chatting live at the CBS Sports Facebook page. Whether you believe in War Eagle, Roll Tide, or FoodHangoverHasMeOnTheCouchAnyway, cruise on over to discuss the biggest game of the year so far in the SEC. Please limit profanity to only witty jokes, and anyone who would like to complement Fornelli on his look is encouraged to.
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Posted on: November 23, 2010 2:45 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
There's no bigger game in college football this week than the annual Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama -- 2:30 p.m. Eastern this Friday, only on CBS! -- and today CBS's J. Darin Darst and Adam Aizer talked to the above CBS College Football Blogger (who, in the interest of full disclosure that will be unnecessary some 30 seconds into the video, has Auburn allegiances) to break down the matchup that could help send the Tigers onto the BCS title game. Enjoy:
Posted on: November 17, 2010 2:53 am
Posted by Adam Jacobi
As mentioned earlier, Auburn DT Nick Fairley will not be suspended for the Alabama game by the SEC after a series of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties marred the Auburn-Georgia game last week. Alabama fans will no doubt be rankled by the conference's decision -- for reasons most certainly including Fairley's prodigious talent, of course -- and Auburn fans are pointing fingers at Georgia for the whole mess and calling no-foul on the decision, but Gene Chizik will get two weeks to punish Fairley in-house and then that'll be that.
Except, here's the thing: Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, the target of multiple late hits by Fairley last week, still isn't practicing yet as he recovers from injuries that knocked him out of the end of last week's game. Georgia's on a bye and Mark Richt is calling his quarterback "day-to-day," so Murray's probably unlikely to miss any playing time, but the freshman is certainly injured; even with the bye week coming up, it would be insane for Richt to hold his signal-caller out of practice if Murray's able to go, what with a must-win tilt with Georgia Tech looming. And we really mean "must win;" Richt's job might be on the line if he can't get the Dawgs to .500 and a bowl game, so if Murray's not even practicing with a no-contact jersey on, there's a good reason.
So since Murray is clearly injured at some level, if Georgia were playing a game this week, there is a significant (if not necessarily ironclad -- we don't really know) chance that if Georgia had a game this week, Murray would be too injured to go. And if Nick Fairley had indeed knocked an opposing quarterback out of not only the Auburn game but also the following week and with multiple instances of dirty play, there's absolutely no way the SEC would have left his eligibility up to Auburn's discretion for the following week.
Ah, but Murray and Fairley both have the week off, and neither is likely to miss any time, so this is all largely an academic question. Still, it's worth wondering -- is Nick Fairley's conduct always going to be at least implicitly condoned by the SEC like this, or was his status for the Iron Bowl the result, in part, of some measure of scheduling luck?
Posted on: November 16, 2010 10:55 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Alabama running back Trent Richardson hasn't played since scoring a touchdown during the Tide's loss to LSU nearly a week and a half ago, thanks to a knee injury he suffered on the play. Which means that Alabama's two-headed monster at running back was just a one-headed Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram against Mississippi State last Saturday. Which didn't really seem to hurt Alabama all that much during its 30-10 win.
The Tide now have a short week, as they're going to be hosting Georgia State on Thursday night, and Richardson's status for the game is still up in the air. Though Nick Saban did sound optimistic that Richardson could play in the game.
"He actually wanted to play in the last game, but we didn't feel like he'd practiced enough or he was ready enough," Saban told the AL.com. "I still think we have to evaluate that day-to-day. It will be interesting. He really didn't do anything on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, so he's had three recovery days as well as rehab days to see where he is today, and that will determine a lot as to how ready he will be to play in this game and what contribution he'll be able to make."
Which is good to hear if you're Richardson, but seriously, what exactly would be the point of playing Richardson against Georgia State if you're Alabama? You aren't going to need him to win this game, as the rest of the starters will probably be out of the game before the end of the third quarter. So why risk having Richardson aggravate the knee injury in a game he isn't needed when there's that whole Iron Bowl looming on the horizon?
Last I checked, that game means more.
Posted on: November 15, 2010 5:11 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Earlier today, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik seemed to be holding out hope that senior defensive linemen Michael Goggans and Mike Blanc -- neither a starter, but both regular rotation members at defensive end and tackle, respectively -- could somehow avoid the SEC -mandated half-game suspension for their ejections at the end of the Tigers' win over Georgia .
The league office has wasted no time, however, in letting Chizik know he should probably go ahead and hope for something more likely , like a pogo stick:
SEC associate commissioner Charles Bloom said Monday there is no appeal, and, such, Blanc and Goggans will not be available in the first half of the Nov. 26 game [against Alabama] ...Whatever Auburn's defense was, what it is now is down two players who might have helped Auburn keep in check an Alabama offense that (despite the occasional sputter this season) remains loaded with talent and may be fully back on track after unloading 452 total yards and 30 points on a good Mississippi State defense.
The Tigers have made a habit this season of falling behind early and dominating late, but on the road against a team with the Tide's combination of offensive explosiveness and defensive coaching acumen, another slow start could prove fatal to their BCS championship hopes. Goggans' and Blanc's absences don't guarantee yet another start like that, but they certainly won't help Auburn avoid one, either.