Remember when Alabama's BCS Championship dreams were shattered Nov. 10 by Texas A&M?
Oh how things can change in a matter of days.
Following Kansas State and Oregon's loss this past Saturday, Alabama once again is in the top two of the BCS rankings.
With title aspirations alive and well, Alabama needs to win out to be in the championship game. One of those teams standing in the way is familiar foe Auburn.
Despite Auburn's 3-8 record, this game is by no means a walk in the park. Here is all the information you need to get you ready for the Iron Bowl.
When: Saturday, Nov. 24 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Live Stream: CBS Sports
Radio: Free Football Radio
Betting Line (via Covers)
Over/Under: 46, Spread: Alabama (-31.5)
Auburn has been terrible this season but 31.5 points seems a bit over the top for a classic rivalry showdown between two historic programs. The more deserving line should be below 30 points.
What happens if Alabama is up four touchdowns at the half? Are they going to stick with the starters? Or are they going to rest the starters for the SEC Championship game?
The Crimson Tide should have no problem handling Auburn but I see the score being a little closer than the experts believe.
Injury Report via USA Today (as of Nov. 20, 2012)
Enrique Florence, DB, Questionable
Avery Young, OL, Out for season
Philip Lutzenkirchen, TE, Out for season
John Fulton, DB, Questionable
Jalston Fowler, RB, Out for season
Dee Hart, RB, Out for season
DeAndrew White, WR, Out for season
Jarrick Williams, DB, Out for season
Chris Black, WR, Out for season
Plain and simple: Alabama once again controls its destiny.
Who would have thought this would be the case one week after losing to Texas A&M but the writing is on the wall after Kansas State and Oregon both lost this past Saturday.
Alabama needs to defeat Auburn any way, shape or form to set up a potential showdown with Georgia or Florida in the SEC Championship game.
Win and survive is the motto this Saturday.
Auburn Player To Watch: Jonathan Wallace, QB
Another week and yet another freshman quarterback for Alabama to prepare for.
This week: Auburn's Jonathan Wallace.
Wallace has recorded four touchdowns and two interceptions in 2012 while attempting 66 passes. The Tigers have won two of the past three contests with Wallace at the helm.
From the air or the ground, Wallace has proven capable of making plays. He has produced three 30 or more yard completions and four 10-plus yard rushes in his limited time this season.
Against the No. 1 defense in the country, Wallace's dual threat ability will be needed for Auburn to survive.
Alabama Player To Watch: AJ McCarron, QB
Following his average performance against Texas A&M, Alabama's quarterback AJ McCarron was provided a nice bounce back game this past Saturday against Western Carolina.
McCarron put his name in the Alabama quarterback record books by throwing his 21st touchdown of the season while going 6-for-6 for 133 yards and a touchdown.
It wasn't exactly what Alabama wanted following his performance against Texas A&M considering Western Carolina is awful, but it was a nice way to get back in a rhythm.
Auburn's defense allows 26.5 points per game which should make for a solid day for McCarron. When he plays well, Alabama is tough to beat, but when he plays average or below average, as we saw against Texas A&M, Alabama is a team that is beatable.
Prediction: Alabama 37, Auburn 10
Alabama controls its own destiny. Saturday is a game that Alabama won't lose because they know what's at stake.
Alabama wins in a route and Auburn never really has a chance.
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