BamaHammer.com Breaks Down the Auburn Tigers

Dec 30, 2015; Birmingham, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn during the game against the Memphis Tigers in the 2015 Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 30, 2015; Birmingham, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn during the game against the Memphis Tigers in the 2015 Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Nerds and visors

One must read the fine print in the contracts of every Auburn coach, because somewhere in there it has to state that you must dress like a extra in the movie “Revenge of the Nerds” – complete with mock turtleneck shirts and sweater vests. To top it off the Auburn look, all coaches must also wear a sun visor, everyone except for Coach Kevin Steele. Nothing he can do about his bald head.

Just look at that photo of Gus Malzahn and you will see what I mean by the Auburn look. You thought the fashion sense on the Plains couldn’t get any worse, now they all wear that Under Armour garbage. If it wasn’t for the fact that Under Armour sponsors Auburn, I might buy some of their products. But when you stick your product on a third-rate program like Auburn, you diminish said product. It’s kinda fitting, really. Under Armour is generic like Auburn.

Alabama wears Nike. I don’t know what’s more legit in their respective worlds – Nike or Alabama football. So the next time you see a overweight sausage-neck goober in a tight-fitting Under Armour undershirt at the local Planet Fitness, you can thank Auburn’s goofy fashion sense for that.

Nov 12, 2016; Athens, GA, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Sean White (13) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated Auburn 13-7. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 12, 2016; Athens, GA, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Sean White (13) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated Auburn 13-7. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn offense/Alabama defense

Gus Malzahn, the guy who looks like Richard Simmons on a diet, is the Auburn head coach and offensive coordinator because he is your classic control freak. Gus Bus should hand his offense over to someone else while he still can, before he’s shown the door on the Plains. This weekend’s beatdown will get him one step closer to said door.

The key to stopping Auburn’s offense is having smart linebackers that will not allow first-down success. Its a run-first offense, so the key to stopping them is following the football and tackling. It’s not rocket science. If you wanna make Gus swallow his gum and start grinding his teeth, just stop Auburn’s running game and put them in third-and-long. The only time Auburn goes NASCAR is when they have quick success and they attempt to continue the momentum going all the way into the end zone.

If the Alabama linebackers do their jobs and go to the football, its gonna be a long night for Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Auburn’s current starting quarterback looks like a stolen DNA sample of Greg McElroy grown in some agriculture lab in Auburn. He looks like G-Mac’s evil twin brother who isn’t as smart or good as G-Mac. Alabama’s defensive touchdown numbers should be going up after the Tide defense is done with this clown.

Oct 15, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin talks with his players during the first half against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 15, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin talks with his players during the first half against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn defense/Alabama offense

The man running Auburn’s defense this year is another one of these Swiss Army knife coaches – Kevin Steele. I’m sure if you are an adult, you have heard the name Kevin Steele before, because at one time he was probably coaching for your favorite team at one time or another. Heck, he was at Alabama once! I’d say he’s running the Auburn defense this year, because Lord only knows where he will be at next year. Ke’vin Steele is a coaching hobo, never ever staying in one place too long and wearing our his welcome. I think this guy has coached at all the major SEC and ACC schools at one time or another.

Steele must not be that good of a coach if he didn’t last long at Alabama under Nick Saban’s rule. He lasted about a cup of coffee before he “took” another job – kinda like Major Applewhite “took” another job. Lord Saban knows this man. Lord Saban knows how many steps it is from the bus to the locker room at Bryant-Denny Stadium. I think he knows what Steele is gonna want to do and how to counteract it.

The key to beating the Auburn defense is to bully the bully and make their asses quit. Establish dominance early with a touchdown point drive and the stop their offense – it’s game over. They will fold like a lawn chair. Alabama needs to do the exact thing they have been doing for 11 weeks now and apply Kiffin’s methodical offensive game plan. It’s a proven winner.

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Special teams

I’ve noticed that Lord Saban has been a little tense lately, and I think this is the week his sends it on special teams when it comes to punt and field goal blocking. Alabama is due for a blocked punt.

With Eddie Jackson out, Lord Saban has done a kick returner shuffle and as of now Trevon Diggs is the man. We don’t need anything special out of Diggs – just catch the ball and do not fumble it. If you have a chance to make a play, by all means go for it. Just secure the rock.

Both teams have good punters, but Alabama has something on special teams that Auburn does not – a reputation of punishing kick returners with brutal hits. What better week, what better game, what better team for Alabama’s special teams to lay in a hit heard around the world other than the Iron Bowl?

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