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09:55 AM ET 11.26 | The Iron Bowl may be won on the ground, where Auburn has six straight 300-yard rushing games against SEC teams. [Nick] Saban has only twice allowed a team to run for 300 yards during his nine SEC seasons. That would be Arkansas with Darren McFadden and Felix Jones in 2007, and Alabama with Shaud Williams and Santonio Beard in 2002. You rarely beat Saban with one running option. Auburn has at least three. ... The question then becomes whether Alabama can run the ball well enough to create balance. Guard Barrett Jones could be out, and Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson have fought injuries this season. Auburn limited South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore, Arkansas' Knile Davis and LSU's Stevan Ridley -- the SEC's top runners not named [Cam] Newton -- to an average of 53.7 yards per game.

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November 26, 2010  10:32 AM ET

SEC defense is a joke this year. Nothing special over other conferences. We'll see what the deal is when the top defense (LSU) takes on the top passing offense (Arkansas).

November 26, 2010  10:37 AM ET

Outta be a good game either way...........

November 26, 2010  10:44 AM ET
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It is not possible for AU to have 6 consecutive games of 300 yds rushing against SEC teams. They only play defense in the SEC and its the worlds greatest defense. This must be a typo.

Exactly FJJ...

... isn't the SEC West 100-0 against outside competition, in the last week alone...?

November 26, 2010  10:44 AM ET
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It is not possible for AU to have 6 consecutive games of 300 yds rushing against SEC teams. They only play defense in the SEC and its the worlds greatest defense. This must be a typo.

Way off the sarcasm meter FJJ.

November 26, 2010  10:47 AM ET
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Exactly FJJ...... isn't the SEC West 100-0 against outside competition, in the last week alone...?

Just 23-1....not nearly as impressive as 100 - 0

November 26, 2010  10:48 AM ET
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SEC defense is a joke this year. Nothing special over other conferences. We'll see what the deal is when the top defense (LSU) takes on the top passing offense (Arkansas).

Didn't LSU just get lit up by Ole Miss?

November 26, 2010  10:49 AM ET
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Just 23-1....not nearly as impressive as 100 - 0

... and the 23 teams that were defeated must be quite impressive...

November 26, 2010  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Way off the sarcasm meter FJJ.

... but appropriate:)

November 26, 2010  10:54 AM ET
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... and the 23 teams that were defeated must be quite impressive...

Fair share of cupcakes, but the list also includes wins over Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Penn State, Clemson, Texas A & M, North Carolina, and West Virginia. Still pretty impressive

November 26, 2010  11:07 AM ET
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Fair share of cupcakes, but the list also includes wins over Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Penn State, Clemson, Texas A & M, North Carolina, and West Virginia. Still pretty impressive

Maybe historically, some of those teams are impressive...

... but, who on that list is REALLY impressive this year?

November 26, 2010  11:20 AM ET

If Bammer couldn't stop JJ/Lee, I don't see how they can stop Newton.

November 26, 2010  11:22 AM ET
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How did they go 23-1 in one week? Alabama math?

Not in a week....he's referencing ESPN's pushing that the top 4 teams in SEC West are 23-1 against everyone but each other.

November 26, 2010  11:23 AM ET
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Maybe historically, some of those teams are impressive...... but, who on that list is REALLY impressive this year?

Tesas A&M and South Carolina are still playing for thier conference championships. WVA has a shot at a BCS bowl....

November 26, 2010  11:32 AM ET
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How did they go 23-1 in one week? Alabama math?

Alabama is playing for the NC trophy today too.

November 26, 2010  11:36 AM ET
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Not in a week....he's referencing ESPN's pushing that the top 4 teams in SEC West are 23-1 against everyone but each other.

Exactly.

November 26, 2010  11:37 AM ET
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Tesas A&M and South Carolina are still playing for thier conference championships. WVA has a shot at a BCS bowl....

... and South Carolina beat 'Bama.

Neither TExas A&M or West Virginia are ranked in the top 10.

November 26, 2010  11:54 AM ET
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... and South Carolina beat 'Bama.Neither TExas A&M or West Virginia are ranked in the top 10.

Yet all three COULD make it to a BCS bowl. Original arguement was that the 23-1 record wasn't all cupcakes. Multiple wins over top-25 teams as well as wins over teams still playing for conference championships. The state of Alabama has had a great football year, and LSU and Arkansas have been strong, too. 4 teams in the top 12 in the same divison of the same conference is impressive

November 26, 2010  12:31 PM ET
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Making a BCS bowl does not a great team make. (see Pitt-2010 if they take care of business).Let me say it again. 2008. Top 8 in BCS rankings had OU, Tx, Tx Tech and Ok St. Top 8. Not 12. Its not really impressive when you consider how these things are judged. Reality is whoever wins the NC this year couldn't beat the Bama team from last year which wouldn't have been able to stay on the field with the champions of last decade or for that matter many of the runners up.Just a major down year in CFB.

Alabama's team last year could have hung with anyone.

November 26, 2010  12:36 PM ET
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Nor should they be.In a weird way I hope OU beats OSU so there is a 3 way tie and then watch as A&M whines about not getting to go to the CCG because of the tie breaker rules. Even funnier will be that OU would probably go and play Nebraska. A&M beat both. Now that's some funny **** right there.

Agreed...what a way to end the big 12 championship. That would be funny. BTW, I'm not saying OU, Tex, Tex Tech, and Ok State aren't impressive, I think that was HUGE. As for how they are judged, those four went 1-3 in the bowls. We'll see how this group compares.

It is a down year, but it has been fun. CFB is still the best thing going

 
November 26, 2010  12:54 PM ET
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Even funnier will be that OU would probably go and play Nebraska. A&M beat both. Now that's some funny **** right there.

Would love to see it. That would be the ultimate irony and further prove just how ridiculous all this is.

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