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  • Sims starts, No. 2 Alabama beats WVU, 33-23

    Sims starts, No. 2 Alabama beats WVU, 33-23

    Saturday, August 30 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:40:52 GMT
    Blake Sims was good enough to finish his first start at quarterback for Alabama, getting plenty of help from Amari Cooper, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry, and the second-ranked Crimson Tide held off West Virginia...
    Blake Sims took a seat on the bench next to Jake Coker after leading Alabama to a score and the two chatted for a few minutes before it was time for the offense to go back on the field.
  • Strong second half lifts No.2 Crimson Tide over West Virginia

    Strong second half lifts No.2 Crimson Tide over West Virginia

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:44 PM EDT2014-08-31 00:44:16 GMT
    The University of Alabama was heavily favored in their season-opener against West Virginia in Atlanta.The Mountaineers put up a tougher fight than expected but it was the No. 2 Crimson Tide who prevailed
    The University of Alabama was heavily favored in their season-opener against West Virginia in Atlanta.The Mountaineers put up a tougher fight than expected but it was the No. 2 Crimson Tide who prevailed
  • No. 2 Alabama Rolls past West Virginia 33-23

    No. 2 Alabama Rolls past West Virginia 33-23

    Saturday, August 30 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-08-30 23:38:00 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)
    It might have been ugly, but the Alabama Crimson Tide walked off the field victorious at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Crimson Tide defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers by a score of 33-23. The two
    It might have been ugly, but the Alabama Crimson Tide walked off the field victorious at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Crimson Tide defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers by a score of 33-23.

By JOHN ZENOR

AP Sports Writer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -So much has changed since the last time Alabama welcomed Auburn into Bryant-Denny stadium.

The second-ranked Crimson Tide were victims of the largest comeback in Iron Bowl history two years ago. Alabama is the team with flourishing Southeastern Conference and national title aspirations going into Saturday's game.

The Tigers bear little resemblance to the team that Cam Newton rallied from 24 points down two years ago on their way to a national title.

With everything left to play for, Alabama is a 31.5-point favorite in what shapes up to be one of the biggest mismatches the Iron Bowl rivalry has seen.

The Tide's Damion Square says he expects Auburn "to come play some bigtime football."

Embattled Auburn coach Gene Chizik says it will take a "near-flawless" performance to win.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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