Auburn has found a solution to the Kick and Punt return woes. Execution will be crisp and mistake free coming off a two week prep time. Auburn is the only team Alabama has faced that has a faster Receiving Corps than the Alabama Defensive Backfield They are a lot faster, and this will keep them honest. WhileAuburn's Defensive Backfield is young they are faster than any of Alabama's Receiving Corps. This might or might not have an effect on the game, but it is something to watch Auburn returned a kickoff for a touchdown against Georgia. While this is not a big deal, they did it on a well established and in positioned kick off coverage.
This is another factor that might or might not play a part in this game It is certainly going to be something to watch. Auburn has been much better than Alabama on kickoff returns all year and they have not even settled on a return man until last week. While we all know about Arenas Alabama only averages 14.94 yards per return this year Auburn is 104 nationally and only 10 yards behind. Since Auburn has just in the last two games settled on a return man and Alabama is 86th nationally in net punting this is another area to watch that might or might not have an effect. Alabama can sustain two long drives per quarter with their slow, methodical game controlling offense. This is to their advantage most of the time and helps keep the opposition offense off the field.
The problem is if every one of these drives is successful it will lead to 24 points if Alabama does not score touchdowns. While the red zone statistics have been close for both teams, Auburn has scored touchdowns at twice the rate of Alabama. This is another factor to watch that might or might not effect the game.Alabama has only allowed 9 points average per game this year. The problem is Virginia Tech and Kentucky both scored twenty or more points and their offense is more similar to Auburn's with Auburn's being much more potent.Alabama is an extremely aggressive defense.