This Iron Bowl features 2 top defenses, not just 1

This Iron Bowl features 2 top defenses, not just 1

Auburn didn't dress linebacker Tre' Williams and No. 1 corner Carlton Davis on Saturday, and corner Josh Holsey and linebacker Darrell Williams both left with injuries.

Before a nagging leg injury cut into his breakout season a few weeks back against Vanderbilt, Pettway was the SEC's top running back.

Rhett Lashlee isn't denying the rumors this Iron Bowl could be his last regular season game as a member of the Auburn coaching staff.

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn still isn't ready to make a call about starting quarterback for the Iron Bowl and says he probably won't know the final answer until after today's practice. "We are hoping that will be the case".

When Sean White was playing the best football of his career and Kamryn Pettway was running roughshod over the SEC just a month ago, this season's Iron Bowl looked like it was shaping up to be one for the ages.

"We've got one of the better defenses in college football this year, and that will definitely help trying to contain the guy".

"Pettway can open a lot of things for our offense because a lot of people are so anxious about Kamryn Pettway". Even Pettway himself said on a television broadcast that people "didn't want to tackle me'". Kentucky's Stanley "Boom" Williams and Benny Snell Jr. have each run for over 1,000 yards, marking the first time the Wildcats have had two 1,000-yard rushers in the same season. "Here as of late we've had some pretty key injuries but I think overall he's done a really good job and given us some momentum". "He's really there for us on offense".

Pettway will be facing the nation's top run defense. Before missing the Tigers' last two games, Pettway had ripped off four straight performances of more than 150 rushing yards - all against SEC foes - a feat not done at Auburn since the Bo Jackson days. They play well on the back end.

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Pettway has not played since suffering his leg injury in the Vanderbilt game on November 5. "That's why I think this game means so much to the people". Assuming Pettway plays, Kerryon Johnson (823 yards) will slide back into the No. 2 role. "He's a very physical guy, very big guy, so just to have both of us back there together again will be nice". That's always the challenge when we play them.

Top-ranked Alabama already wrapped up the SEC West and plays East victor Florida for the conference championship December 3, but that doesn't mean the Crimson Tide is looking past Auburn.

That doesn't diminish the game's meaning to Crimson Tide players and fans. During that game, White completed just 6 of 20 passes for 27 yards, including an interception returned for a touchdown by former Alabama defensive back Maurice Smith.

"We've got the pecking order then we have the ability to move Derrick out there, then we have the emergency situations, so it's covered", Steele said. While Alabama has a tendency this year to run up the score on its opponents, this game may turn out to be closer than most would expect.

They have yet another tall task on their plate this year. Auburn, meanwhile, hasnt allowed a rushing touchdown in the past eight games. However, just how much the sophomore will be able to do is still unknown.

The game features two defenses that excel at stopping the run but also some of the Southeastern Conferences best pass rushers. "But we're looking forward to going there, we're looking forward to going there with this year's team and looking forward to playing". "You've got to make him go east and west".

At quarterback, it's a little more uncertain.