Alabama vs. Auburn Spread – 2011

Written by:
Carrie Stroup
Published on:
Nov/25/2011
Alabama vs. Auburn Spread

The Alabama vs. Auburn spread for this 2011 game was coming in at -21 in favor of the Crimson Tide.  Bet this game now at Sportsbook.com.  In Business since 1997.  Be sure to claim your FREE CASH BONUS up to $250.  Mention me, CARRIE STROUP, as your promo code. 

Sportsbook.com Line & Total: Alabama -21 & 47

Opening Line & Total: Crimson Tide -21 & 47.5

No. 2 Alabama looks to keep its championship hopes alive when it travels to No. 24 Auburn on Saturday.

For Alabama to have a shot at the BCS title game, it will have to take down Auburn in the annual Iron Bowl. Although the Tigers have four losses, they are a perfect 6-0 SU at home. The Crimson Tide lead the nation in scoring defense (8.4 PPG) and total defense (196 YPG), and have been unbelievable on the road, winning four games by a 141-35 margin (26.5 PPG). However, Alabama has lost seven of the past nine meetings (3-6 ATS) and star RB Trent Richardson has a mere 75 yards on 25 carries in two career Iron Bowls.

The Tide have lost three straight games ATS, after allowing a season-high 21 points and 302 rushing yards (7.7 YPC) in last week’s 45-21 win over 43-point underdog Georgia Southern of the FCS. On the flip side, Georgia Southern completed just 1-of-7 passes for 39 yards, marking the fifth straight Alabama opponent that has failed to pass for 120 yards in a game. The five Tide opponents have averaged a woeful 85 passing YPG in this stretch. Although Richardson has not performed well in the Iron Bowl, he has been playing at a Heisman level all season with 1,380 rushing yards and 22 total touchdowns. In his four road games this year, Richardson has rushed for 602 yards and 9 TD. QB A.J. McCarron threw 3 TD passes last week, but has only two touchdown passes (and 3 INT) in his past four SEC games. Senior WR Marquis Maze leads the team with 609 receiving yards, but hasn’t found the end zone since the season opener against Kent State.

Auburn didn’t play very well last week against Samford, a 6-5 FCS team. The game was 21-16 in the fourth quarter before the Tigers closed with two touchdowns. Sophomore Michael Dyer has been the team’s best offensive player (1,194 rushing yards, 10 TD), but he has been inconsistent with four 150-yard games and five sub-75 yard performances this year. He had only nine carries for 27 yards against Alabama last year. QB Clint Moseley has not been asked to throw very often since taking over as the starter four games ago. For the season, he has attempted just 86 passes, completing 54 of them (63%) for 732 yards, 5 TD and 2 INT. Auburn currently ranks 106th in the country in passing offense (162 YPG). The Tigers have not been very good defensively this year either, allowing 34+ points in six of their games and ranking 81st in the nation in total yardage (407 YPG). Their biggest weakness is stopping the run, as Auburn has allowed 193 rushing YPG (98th in nation).

- Carrie Stroup, Gambling911.com Senior Reporter

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