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Tigers run versus 'Bama D: Key to the Iron Bowl

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AUBURN, Ala. -

At first glance, the key to victory in the Iron Bowl for the University of Alabama appears simple.

Stop the run, stop the Tigers.

But it's not that easy. Auburn boasts the most prolific running attack in the country, averaging 320.3 yards per game on the ground, much of which thanks to junior Tre Mason.

"You have to keep good contain and good support position all the time, and it takes a lot of discipline to do that," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "Our corners are going to have to do that. Everybody that plays in the secondary is going to have to do something when it comes to run support."

All season, Gus Malzahn has bristled at the idea of his team as a "spread" team, saying they're a run/play-action team that simply plays at a faster pace.

"Really, it starts up front," Malzahn said. "We're a run/play-action team. A lot of times you hear ‘spread,' you think pass to open up the run, but we're a run to open up the pass."

Auburn averages just 179.6 passing yards a game, and Alabama's defense is best in the SEC against the run, giving up just 91.3 yards per game.

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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