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No. 2 Alabama crushes Auburn 49-0

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By The Associated Press
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, 9:10 p.m.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama left no doubt it's tops in the state.

Proving it's the best team in the SEC and perhaps the nation won't be nearly so easy.

AJ McCarron passed for four touchdowns and Eddie Lacy rushed for 131 yards and two scores to lead the second-ranked Crimson Tide to a 49-0 beatdown of rival Auburn on Saturday, the most lopsided Iron Bowl in 64 years.

The Tide (10-1, 7-1) clinched the Western Division title outright and a spot in the conference title game against No. 3 Georgia, with the winner likely getting a BCS national championship shot.

“To me, in all those games that I've been a part of, they are about as good as any game in the country other than the national championship game,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said of the SEC title matchup.

Auburn (3-9, 0-8) completed the worst season for any team within two years of winning an Associated Press national title in what might have been the last game for embattled coach Gene Chizik.

University President Jay Gogue has only said he'll evaluate the program at season's end.

Chizik declined to discuss his future afterward.

“This isn't about me,” he said. “I've got a locker room of guys that are here that are very disappointed.”

The biggest Iron Bowl margin was Alabama's 55-0 victory in 1948. This one could have topped that, but Saban played subs for much of the second half.

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