National pregame: Auburn will try to run on Alabama in the Iron Bowl

by Berry Tramel Published: November 28, 2013

It's not true that Auburn never passes. It only seems that way.

Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall threw just seven passes against Tennessee. Only eight at Arkansas. Just 17 against Ole Miss.

But the truth is, Auburn is not a throwing team. Auburn is a throwback team.

The Tigers run the ball. They are second nationally in rushing, 320.3 yards per game. Only Army (330.6) has averaged more.

Tre Mason has rushed for 1,153 yards, Marshall for 823 and two other Tigers for more than 500.

But Saturday in the Iron Bowl, which will determine the SEC West Division champion, Auburn runs into a defense that knows a little about stopping the ground game.

Alabama's. The Crimson Tide ranks fourth nationally in rush defense, 91.3 yards per game.

“They're a very good team,” said Auburn center Reese Dismukes. “They'll be the best we've played, and we're going to have to play our best game to have a shot.”

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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