Alabama Beats Auburn For SEC Western Division

A most difficult challenge confronting a team involves winning the game launching them into a championship scenario, a view commonly espoused by coaches. The notion was doubly tough as Alabama (#2, 11-1, 7-1) faced cross-state rival Auburn (6-6, 2-6) on the road. Alabama won the hard fought contest 29-13 on a chamber of commerce sunny day with temperatures in the 70’s at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Story and video by's A.P. Steadham

Nick Saban entered the game with a 2-2 lifetime record against Auburn on the road as the Alabama coach. The Tide has defeated 60 consecutive unranked opponents dating back to the Independence Bowl win over Colorado on December 30, 2007. A loss to Auburn closing out the regular season in 2007 was the last time Bama fell to an unranked opponent. Alabama is 64-3 (60-3 after vacated wins) against unranked opponents in the Saban era.

Following the game, he spoke of the outstanding performances by record setting running back Derrick Henry, quarterback Jacob Coker and kicker Adam Griffith. All three were spectacular in the win propelling the Crimson Tide to the Southeastern Conference Championship Game to be played against Florida in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome next Saturday.

Alabama receives a generous ticket allotment from the Tigers, more than 10% of the stadium capacity (87,451), 9,500. Listen and view the post-game comments of Nick Saban as he praises the special group of supporters at the conclusion of the press conference (above).

BamaMag Top Stories