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There are two separate expectations for Auburn and Alabama heading into the 2016 season.
Auburn went with Sean White as Auburn failed to get any offense going in a loss to Clemson, while Alabama turned to a true freshman from the Lone Star State to lead the Crimson Tide in Jalen Hurts.
After a game one win against USC, Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban continued to keep his quarterback cards close to his vest.
The Auburn family became restless on the Plains after just three weeks, the Tigers 1-2 in the early season, the last loss against Texas A&M at home, as the offense still was stuck in neutral.
But a funny thing happened inside Jordan-Hare on Sept. 24. The corner turned in favor of the Tigers with six field goals, enough to hold off LSU, who knew that it would cost a bunch of other Tigers their head coach.
Alabama had to come from behind to beat Ole Miss and reeled off three straight wins heading to Tennessee. The Vols, no problem for Alabama, who rolled out of Rocky Top 7-0.
Texas A&M entered Bryant-Denny Stadium undefeated but left with their first loss,
While the Auburn Tigers offense was turned over to a pupil, while the ground game found a revelation in Kamryn Pettway during a six game winning streak, Alabama traveled to Death Valley to face a revitalized LSU team. A physical, hard-hitting affair ended in a 10-0 win.
Auburn's fortunes reversed between the hedges in Athens as the offensive woes reared their ugly head for the Kamryn Pettway-less Tigers.
A win over Mississippi State all but assured a spot in the SEC Championship for Alabama, and now all that's left is state bragging rights for Auburn while Alabama hopes to celebrate much more at season's end.
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