Auburn's ugly season comes to end
by Johnathan Bentley
Nov 25, 2012 | 1627 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Johnathan Bentley
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My brother-in-law is a die-hard Auburn fan.

He’s an Auburn graduate and has held season tickets for the better part of two decades.

That said, he knew what was coming in Saturday’s Iron Bowl.

“The game starts at 2:30. It’ll be over by 3,” he said on Thanksgiving.

He was about 10 minutes off.

By the time Eddie Lacy scored Alabama’s first touchdown (at approximately 2:50 p.m.), the game was essentially over.

The Tide dominated both sides of the ball, rolled out to a 42-0 halftime lead, and could have dropped close to 100 on the Tigers had Nick Saban been going through a bad day. Luckily for Auburn, Saban was in a good enough mood to remove AJ McCarron, Eddie Lacy and the bulk of the Tide’s starters in the third quarter in the 49-0 win.

The outcome comes as no surprise.

Alabama entered the game as a 31.5-point favorite. They had that number by the 4:43 mark of the second quarter. The Tide scored touchdowns on its first seven possessions and it was looking like eight until a fumble at the Auburn 7-yard line ended a third-quarter drive.

Auburn, which won its last visit to Tuscaloosa in 2010, looked like the JV version of that team on Saturday. The Tigers drove inside Alabama territory twice and didn’t get closer than the Crimson Tide’s 31-yard line. In the second half, Auburn gained 55 yards and didn’t get past its own 39-yard line.

I would say the game mirrored the blowout in Tommy Tuberville’s last Iron Bowl in 2008, a 36-0 Alabama win, but in that game Auburn at least attempted a field goal. They didn’t sniff field goal range this time around.

In what promises to be coach Gene Chizik’s final game at the school, Auburn closed out its first winless SEC season since 1980, when the Tigers finished 0-6. This season, the Tigers were 0-8 in the SEC. If the record wasn’t bad enough, the numbers were. Auburn was outscored 272-81 in conference play. The Tigers were also outscored 87-0 by its top two rivals, Georgia and Alabama.

There have been those who think Chizik deserves another chance. Some aren’t even wearing Alabama shirts.

If he does come back, the school should change its slogan to “All Out” because the stadium will be filled to about half capacity.

Auburn has gone through the motions for the last half of the season and it takes a lot of searching to find any positives. I came up with one — the season is over.

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Johnathan Bentley is the Sports Editor of the Daily Mountain Eagle. He can be reached at sports@mountaineagle.com.