The 2013 Iron Bowl promises to be one of the best games in the long history of Alabama and Auburn’s storied rivalry. It’s almost certain to be one of the top contests of the 2013 season and should be one that many remember for a long time to come.
With so much already on the line, perhaps the only way to make the experience of viewing this matchup more exciting is to gamble on the outcome.
Whether you are looking to make a friendly bet amongst friends or slap down a massive wager at the sportsbook, I have you covered.
Keep reading for the updated spread for this game, my prediction on the outcome and more.
When: Saturday, Nov. 30
Kickoff Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.
Spread: Alabama -10 (via ScoresAndOdds.com)
It’s no surprise that Alabama has opened up as a double-digit favorite in this matchup.
Which team will cover?
The Crimson Tide are winners of the past two national championships, eyeing a three-peat and destroyed Auburn by a combined 77 points over the past two seasons, including a 49-0 drubbing in 2012.
The defense deserves much of the credit, as ‘Bama leads the nation in points allowed—conceding a mere 9.3 per game to the opposition. However, this unit will get a real test from the Tigers come Saturday.
Auburn has become a whole different animal in 2013. It employs a new head coach in Gus Malzahn, a legit signal-caller in Nick Marshall, a defense that is extremely respectable and a running game that is one of the most powerful in the nation.
This is a Tigers squad averages 320.3 yards per game on the ground—second best in the country—which should be able to do some damage, even against an elite Tide front.
As long as it is able to pound the rock consistently, there is little doubt that Auburn will cover this spread. What remains to be seen is if the rebuilding program can outright win against a bitter rival.
Remember, the Tigers needed the “Miracle on the Plains” to pull away from Georgia and become a top five team ahead of this matchup.
Those prayers won’t be answered against an extremely disciplined group coached by Nick Saban, as ‘Bama will capitalize on every single mistake and leave very little up to chance.
Don’t be afraid to back Auburn with the points, but be very wary of taking the school on the money line. Alabama is the play to win outright, but likely by a touchdown or less in what should be a closer game than many expect.
Prediction: Alabama 21 – Auburn 17