9 Keys to Alabama beating Auburn on Saturday
With the annual showdown with Auburn now just a few days away, much is at stake for the Crimson Tide in the matchup. Win and go on to face Georgia for a play-in game to another BCS National Championship berth. Lose and go to the Capital One bowl.Here are nine keys to Alabama winning this game:1. Control Jake Holland. Don't let the dynamic Auburn middle linebacker control the defensive tempo of the game with his better than average quickness and lateral speed. Don't let his poor tackling and slow reactions fool you. This guy is a player who, if you're standing still, can put you on the turf in a relative hurry. If you don't know where Jake Holland is at all times, there's somewhat of a chance he could possibly disrupt a slow developing play.2. Take the Auburn crowd out of the game early. 1,000 fans may not seem like much, but they can really make a racket if Bama doesn't take control of this game from the get-go. Consequently, that number includes the Tiger band and football team, but still, that's a lot of people screaming all at once. Gotta take them out.
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