A brief look at what some other newspaper and major website reporters from out of state said about Alabama’s 49-0 win over Auburn on Saturday:
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama fired Gene Chizik here on Saturday. An official announcement is expected in the next couple of days.
You read that right. Alabama fired Chizik. Officially, Auburn’s coach for the last four years was still drawing a paycheck following his team’s ignominious 49-0 loss Saturday to the No. 2 Crimson Tide. But when and if the end comes (and it is expected quickly), Alabama will have been largely responsible.
As bad as the Tigers looked Saturday — and they were incredibly rotten — the Tigers’ coach has been a victim … of geography. Deposited in one of the most competitive rivalries in the world, Chizik couldn’t keep up.
He didn’t fail. He just couldn’t maintain the pace.
Fox Sports South
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — There’s always a chance, at least that’s been conventional wisdom when it comes to rivalry games.
But not in this one.
Along the Walk of Champions, the brick and grass pavilion with all the statues outside Bryant-Denny Stadium, most of the fans were milling around taking pictures and talking about next week’s SEC Championship Game.
When one man asked a buddy about hotels in Atlanta, the friend responded, “We gotta win today first.”
There was a slight pause and then both broke out in snort-filled laughter. They knew the Tide could sleepwalk and beat Auburn.
Chattanooga Times-Free Press
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama punched out Auburn while punching its ticket to the Southeastern Conference championship game on a brisk Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
AJ McCarron threw for 216 yards and four touchdowns and Eddie Lacy rushed for 131 yards and two scores as the No. 2 Crimson Tide walloped the Tigers 49-0 in the most lopsided Iron Bowl in more than six decades. Alabama scored touchdowns on its first seven possessions, converted its first 11 third-down opportunities and never allowed Auburn past the Tide’s 41-yard line.
“It’s been a great ride and a lot of fun, and what a way to end it,” Alabama senior center Barrett Jones said of his Bryant-Denny finale. “Playing against our rival and beating them pretty good — that was a lot of fun. I don’t think the first team made any mistakes when we were out there.”
The only Iron Bowl with a larger victory margin was Alabama’s 55-0 rout in 1948. The Tide had a chance to break that mark, but backup quarterback Blake Sims fumbled at Auburn’s 7-yard line late in the third quarter, and coach Nick Saban called for his team to take a knee on the Auburn 5 with 11 seconds remaining.
The Associated Press
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama left no doubt it’s tops in the state.
Proving it’s the best team in the Southeastern Conference and perhaps the nation won’t be nearly so easy.
AJ McCarron passed for four touchdowns and Eddie Lacy rushed for 131 yards and two scores to lead the second-ranked Crimson Tide to a 49-0 beatdown of rival Auburn on Saturday, the most lopsided Iron Bowl in 64 years.
The Tide (10-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) clinched the Western Division title outright and a spot in the conference title game against No. 3 Georgia with the winner likely getting a BCS national championship shot.
“To me, in all those games that I’ve been a part of, they are about as good as any game in the country other than the national championship game,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said of the SEC title matchup.
Alabama absolutely hammered Auburn, 49-0, in the Iron Bowl. Georgia dumped Georgia Tech in a 42-10 blowout.
Alabama lost to Texas A&M. So what. The Tide have played better and more consistently than any other team in the country all season.
If you think it’s not true, ask Gene Chizik. The Auburn coach’s job could well be over. If this is the end, he got a final, bitter taste of Alabama.
The Sports Xchange
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — When fans think back to the 2012 version of the rivalry game known as the Iron Bowl, the image of an anvil should come to mind.
As in the University of Alabama grabbing one and dropping it squarely on Auburn.
With junior quarterback AJ McCarron throwing four touchdown passes and junior running back Eddie Lacy tallying 131 rushing yards and two touchdowns, Alabama reached the end zone on its first seven possessions while destroying its archenemy 49-0.
Consequently, rivalry weekend atop the Southeastern Conference was turned into a mere formality Saturday. Combined with Georgia’s 42-10 win against Georgia Tech, the two division winners will meet for the league title next week in Atlanta with a trip to the BCS Championship Game on the line.
The Alabama Crimson Tide was nearly flawless against Auburn.
The No. 2 Alabama Crimson tide did exactly what it was expected to do on Saturday, destroying the Auburn Tigers in a 49-0 win. Alabama’s offense put up 486 total yards and seven touchdowns, while the Tide defense completely shut the Tigers down.
Mistakes by Alabama were few and far between, though Kenyan Drake did fumble late in the third quarter. Alabama’s defense was quick to correct things, intercepting Jonathan Wallace on the fifth play of the following Auburn drive.