Next Up For Tide Is SEC Title Tilt

Although Alabama Coach Nick Saban is a proponent of "the process," it doesn't mean he doesn't have goals, and he has said on more than one occasion that the Southeastern Conference championship is a desired result. (We get it that the process is what makes the result.)



Following Alabama's 49-0 win over Auburn in Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday, the Crimson Tide of Coach Nick Saban could accept the spot in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta next Saturday. Both teams finished their regular seasons with 11-1 records, including 7-1 SEC marks as Georgia won the Eastern Division, Bama the West.

Alabama has a 3-4 record in the SEC Championship Game, and this will be the first meeting for the league title in a game that wasn't against a team named "Florida."

Kickoff in the Georgia Dome on Saturday, Dec. 1, will be at 4 p.m. EST (3 p.m. central time) with CBS televising the game.

Following the 77th football meeting of Alabama and Auburn, the Crimson Tide now has a 42-34-1 advantage in the series.

Alabama's 42-0 halftime lead was the largest halftime lead by either team in the history of the series. The previous largest halftime lead achieved by either team was a 34-point margin by Auburn in 1957, a 34-0 halftime lead on the way to a 40-0 Tiger victory.

That 42-0 margin at intermission pretty much assured the Alabama record of winning under Saban when leading at the half would continue. Since Saban became the Tide's coach in 2007, Bama is now 60-3 when leading at intermission.

With the win over Auburn, this Alabama senior class has put together an overall record of 47-5 over the last four seasons. That victory total is a new University of Alabama record over a four-year period and 47 wins are currently more than any other team from a BCS conference. And, of course, Bama has two more football games to play this year – the SEC Championship Game and a bowl game.

All calculations have it that if Alabama wins the SEC title game, the second-ranked (going into this weekend's games) Crimson Tide will also be in the BCS National Championship Game.

Saturday night's game was the seventh time this season the Crimson Tide has scored 40 or more points. It was also Bama's fourth shutout of the season. For the second time this year the Tide has put together back-to-back goose eggs. Alabama beat Western Kentucky and Arkansas early in the year, Western Carolina and Auburn in the last two games. The four shutouts in a season is the most for Alabama since 1979. Ironically, the halftime score against both Western Carolina and Auburn was 42-0 and the final score against both was 49-0.

Alabama is 48-0 since the start of the 2008 season when the Tide rushes for at least 150 yards. Alabama has scored at least one rushing touchdown in all but one game this season. The Tide has scored two or more in nine games, including seven in a row.

Alabama running back Eddie Lacy eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing on the season. It's the 16th 1,000 yard rushing season in school history. He finished the night with 131 yards to move his season total to 1,001.

Alabama running backs Lacy and T.J. Yeldon became the first rushing tandem for the Crimson Tide to score 10 or more touchdowns on the ground each since 2008 (Glen Coffee and Mark Ingram). Lacy now has 14 touchdowns while Yeldon has found the end zone 10 times.

Amari Cooper had his third 100-yard receiving game (109) while Eddie Lacy eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the third time (131) this year and for the fifth time for his career.

Under Saban, the Crimson Tide has held opponents to 10 points or less 40 times since the start of the 2007 season. Alabama has shutout opponents 10 times during the Saban tenure. In Saban's last 66 games at The Capstone, the Crimson Tide defense has held the opposing offense to less than 200 yards of total offense 26 times, including five times in 2012.

Alabama senior safety Robert Lester picked off his 14th career pass. The 14 interceptions rank tied for fifth in the Alabama career annals. His 183 career interception return yards rank eighth all-time.

Senior Jeremy Shelley is still the only kicker in the nation yet to miss an extra point or a field goal in 2012. Thus far, Shelley has hit all 60 of his extra point attempts and all 10 of his field goals.

Bama captains were linebacker Nico Johnson, defensive end Damion Square, and center Barrett Jones.

Honorary captains for Alabama sere a father-and-son combination of former Crimson Tide players, center Terry Jones and tight end Terry Jones, Jr.

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