A) Considering this is a rivalry game and Alabama doesn't have a high-powered offense, Auburn can keep this one close. However, Auburn’s lack of depth on defense will eventually cost them in the second half. Auburn has enough weapons on offense to put some pressure on Alabama, but the Crimson Tide have allowed more than 10 points only once in their last six games. Expect the first half to be close, but the Crimson Tide pull away in the second half to a win by more than 10 points.
B) Struggle? Yes. Lose? No. I think it will be competitive, but ultimately Alabama’s running game (against a suspect Tiger run defense) will be the difference.
C) Absolutely. Don’t underestimate the power of the Iron Bowl. I’m still picking Alabama to win, but the disheartened Auburn team from 2008 that got run over is in the past. Alabama wins by single digits on another huge game from Mark Ingram.
Athlon’s editors debate five burning questions about Week 13 in College Football