By Dave Thomas

For the Alabama Crimson Tide and their fans, Saturday’s 56-6 thrashing of Charleston Southern was a hit on several fronts.

Not only did Alabama (10-1) have the opportunity to use a number of players on this final home game for some 25 seniors, but the Tide also came away from the game pretty much unscathed, something that was critical as they head into their annual Iron Bowl showdown this coming Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium against arch-rival Auburn (6-5).

Alabama is still in the driver’s seat to clinch the SEC West crown with a win over Auburn or an Ole Miss in its annual Egg Bowl battle with arch-rival Mississippi State. So they can take care of business in the Iron Bowl, then go on a week later to play SEC East winner Florida in Atlanta. That said, first thing’s first.

Tide Rolls Past Bucs, Prep Turns To Tigers

Before they get to Auburn on Nov. 28, the Tide made sure that Charleston Southern (9-2) would not be a thorn in their side, as Alabama has bigger aspirations than just playing for and winning another Iron Bowl and another SEC title.

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The Bucs, champions of the Big South, now await to find out who they will play in the first round of the FCS Playoffs. Despite trying to hang with the Tide, Charleston Southern looked outclassed on this late November afternoon in front of more than 100,000 fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Leading 49-0 at intermission, ‘Bama gave the majority of its starters on both sides of the ball the second half off. Guys like Derrick Henry (2 TD’s on the ground), Jake Coker (2 touchdown passes) and Cyrus Jones (punt returns of 43 and 72 yards for touchdowns) were able to take off the pads and start thinking about the Tigers next Saturday.

Speaking of those Tigers, 56-34 winners on Saturday over non-conference opponent Idaho, the opportunity to ruin rival Alabama’s season is on the horizon.

It should come as no surprise that the social media chatter between the two long-time rivals is already off and running ahead of Saturday’s contest on CBS (2:30 p.m. CT).

For a taste of what is being said:

With less than a week until this year’s edition of the Iron Bowl (Alabama leads all-time series 43-35-1), it is safe to say that the “chatter” between fans of the two schools will only intensify leading up to Saturday’s kickoff.

Whether you are a ROLL TIDE supporter or a WAR EAGLE backer, fans of both teams should be in for one heck of a tussle come Saturday on The Plains.