|Written by Mike|
Bet on NCAAFThe Alabama Crimson Tide held the top spot in the college football playoff rankings heading into their rivalry match with the Auburn Tigers in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. The Tide were -8.5 favorites in a game with a 53.5 over/under and their offensive output alone crossed that total as they won 55-44.
The Tide got Auburn's Roc Thomas to fumble on his first play, which led to the Tide's T.J. Yeldon getting a touchdown run. The two sides traded scores for the most part as the Tide had a 14-6 lead after the first.
The Tigers outscored Auburn 20-7 in the second. Jermaine Whitehead had an interception for the Tigers, which led to Sammie Coates getting a 34-yard touchdown catch. Coates had a 68-yard touchdown from Nick Marshall not too long after that.
Alabama's Blake Sims was intercepted early in the second half but he had two touchdown passes to Amari Cooper in the third quarter. The second one was for 75 yards.
The Tide pulled away in the fourth with a 21-8 advantage in the quarter. Nick Perry got it rolled near the end of the third with an interception. This led to Sims getting a touchdown run and later on a touchdown pass. Derrick Henry's touchdown run with about four minutes left made it a three-possession game.
Amari Cooper had 224 receiving yards on thirteen receptions for the Tide as well as three touchdowns. T.J. Yeldon went for 127 rushing yards.
For the Tigers, Nick Marshall was 27-43 for 456 passing yards. Sammie Coates had 206 yards on five catches while D'haquille Williams had 121 yards on seven catches. Daniel Carson also completed all five of his field goals. The Tigers had 628 total yards of offense, a total that was close to a hundred more than what the Tide had, but it was not enough.
The 11-1 Crimson Tide will be heading to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to take on Missouri on December 6 in the SEC title game. The 8-4 Tigers are still expected to be nationally ranked and are projected to make it into the Outback, TaxSlayer, Texas or Belk Bowl.