The annual Iron Bowl between the Auburn Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide has national championship rights, Heisman trophies and bragging rights to be won on the field this Saturday.
It’s going to be an excellent game between two of the most bitter rivals in all of college football.
Alabama is a huge favorite this year and is looking to avenge their loss last year after being up 24-0 at home against the Tigers.
Auburn is trying to spoil the Tides’ national title dreams and wants to prove they are the best team in the state.
No matter what happens, it’s going to be an epic matchup that you don’t want to miss. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know.
Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
When: Saturday, Nov. 26 at 3:30 p.m. EDT
Spread: Alabama -21
This game has hardly been a blowout and you would have to go back to 2008, when ‘Bama rolled Auburn 36-0, to have a matchup where this large a spread was covered.
Prior to that it was all the way back in 2001 when the Crimson Tide covered a three-plus-touchdown spread.
Go with Auburn in a game that will be much closer than you think. They are the best four-loss team in the nation and will give ‘Bama fits.
Over/Under: No Line Set Yet.
Alabama (via CollegeInjuryReport)
SS Will Lowery—OUT (Knee)—The junior starting safety tore his ACL against Georgia Southern and will be getting surgery next week. He will miss the rest of the year.
Auburn (via oanow)
RT Brandon Mosley—PRB (Leg)—The starting RT had not practiced yet after coming out of the game against Samford last week.
He is day-to-day but should play as one of the toughest players on the team.
BCS/Top 25 Poll Implications
As has been the case in recent years, the Iron Bowl has far-reaching BCS National Championship game implications.
If Alabama wins this, they are most likely going to be re-matching with LSU for the national title.
They were bailed out by Oklahoma State, Boise State, Stanford, Oklahoma and Oregon losses over the past few weeks and now seem to be the most likely one-loss candidate to make the title game.
Of course, the tail end of this college football season has proven to be insane and Auburn could very well pull off an upset. That would throw a wrench in a lot of BCS plans for the Crimson Tide.
Keys to Alabama Win
Don’t think ahead.
Coach Nick Saban knows that is exactly what his squad needs to do.
"We're not worried about the national championship," he said. "We're worried about the next game. None of that matters if you don't take care of business and win the next game."
Saban is one of the best coaches in the game and will have his young men prepared. Everyone knows the Tide are the better team and should handily win, but mental lapses could be their downfall.
Keys to Auburn Win
Auburn knows Alabama is the better team on paper but they don’t have nearly the pressure to win on them as they think they do.
"It's the biggest day of the year, if you live in Alabama," Auburn quarterback Clint Moseley said. "I mean, you have Christmas and everything, but this is the day that everybody -- people who don't even like football watch this game. Auburn's going to be packed, probably, Wednesday. It's a huge game."
Moseley needs to relax because his team isn’t playing for any significant bowl appearance or national title game.
If they start getting rattled and let the Tide get on a roll, they have no chance.
Play loose, have fun and try hard. That’s how Auburn can win.
Alabama 21Auburn 14
This game is going to be close. I don’t believe ‘Bama has a shot at covering the 21-point spread and Auburn gives them a run for their money in another tightly contested Iron Bowl.
Of course, Alabama is too good and well-coached to blow this game to Auburn and sink their national title chances. They’ll get by in a good one.
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