Top 3 Takeaways From Iron Bowl Beat down
Alabama put on a clinic Saturday under the lights of Bryant-Denny Stadium in their victory over the Auburn Tigers 42-13. While there were a number of memorable moments, here are 3 big takeaways from the Iron Bowl victory.
1. Mac Jones is not just a Heisman contender, but could be THE contender. Alabama quarterback Mac Jones set a Iron Bowl record Saturday with 5 touchdown passes and finished an impressive 18 for 26 and 302 yards passing.There was some doubt about his Heisman opportunity because of two cancellations in the SEC schedule the last two weeks. What makes this even more of a great conversation, is that in just 3 short weeks Jones will take on the other Heisman candidate, Kyle Trask in the SEC Championship game on December 19th. After Saturday's Iron Bowl win, Jones seems to be headed to a virtual Heisman trophy presentation.
2. Malachi Moore is a superstar talent on the rise. Malachi Moore had a huge Saturday against the Auburn Tigers. Moore actually made history as being the first freshman to intercept multiple passes in a single-season since 2015 when Minkah Fitzpatrick, Marlon Humphrey, and Ronnie Harrison. Alabama head coach Nick Saban spoke to the media after the win on Saturday and talked about Moore's improvement this season.
"Malachi is the kind of guy that makes a mistake once, he learns from it," Saban said. "He gets it right the next time. The cumulative effect of those experiences has made him a lot more confident and he has played really, really well for us and I'm sure he will continue to improve, but we are certainly pleased with the progress he has made up to this point."
Malachi Moore is showing his growth this season and his improvement as a star player for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
3. Auburn would be smart to move on from head coach Gus Malzahn. Malzahn signed a 7 year deal back in 2017. While Malzahn has had some success against Alabama in his time as head coach, it's the lack of road victories that stand out to Tigers fans. Malzahn has never beaten Alabama, LSU, or Georgia on the road, and after Saturday's blow out loss to Alabama, the time for coach Malzahn seems to be coming to an end in Auburn. This doesn't mean that he is going to be fired at the end of the year, but if Auburn was smart, they would part ways now before things get worse next season.
The 2020 Iron Bowl has passed and Alabama reigns supreme for the next year. Alabama will look to continue this momentum next week against the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge. Auburn will have another tough test next week against No 5. Texas A&M at home.
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