November 23rd, 2011 11:14 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Auburn
Tags: Iron Bowl, Ole Miss, SEC, Trent Richardson
There will be a few passes from Alabama in this weekend’s Iron Bowl. There may even be some Wildcat formation. But Auburn’s Gene Chizik says he knows very well what Bama will be doing for most of the afternoon:
“They have about four running plays, and they are going to ask you to stop it. And there’s not many that have. … It starts with the mentality. I think it starts with your front four and your linebackers, and they have to decide how physical they want to be on Saturday. That’s where it starts.”
Alabama leads the SEC in rushing. They’ve already amassed 2,425 yards and 32 touchdowns rushing this year. That’s good enough for a 220 yards-per-game average and a remarkable 5.54 yards-per-carry clip.
Auburn, on the other hand, ranks 10th in the SEC in rush defense. The Tigers are giving up 193 yards-per-game on the ground and only Ole Miss has allowed more rushing TDs than Auburn’s 17 yielded.
Chizik’s right. Expect a whole lotta running from Trent Richardson and the Tide on Saturday.
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