Auburn sets sights on Alabama's Wilson

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It's anything but a new theory, but it's going to be Auburn's theory Saturday.

If the Tigers are going to have any chance of upsetting No. 1-ranked Alabama, they have to get to Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson early and force him into the types of mistakes he hasn't made this season.

Wilson's management of the Alabama offense has been masterful. A big part of that has been the fact that he hasn't been in a lot of third-and-long situations and has taken care of the ball. He's only thrown five interceptions, and Alabama has allowed just 15 sacks this season.

The trick for Auburn is trying to put Wilson into some obvious passing situations early and not allow Alabama to get its running game cranked up.

The Auburn defense has not allowed a first-quarter touchdown all season, which is exactly the way the Tigers need this game to go.

Sen'Derrick Marks and Antonio Coleman have both had productive seasons for the Tigers on the defensive line. They need great games Saturday, though, if Auburn is going to win its seventh straight in this series.