Enjoy your Saturday afternoon by tuning into the Iron Bowl, featuring the No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide (10-1), taking on the Auburn Tigers (6-5). The Tigers will host this one at Jordan-Hare-Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 3:30 pm ET.
Since being upset by No. 14 Texas A&M, the Crimson Tide have rolled off five straight victories, including a 42-35 victory over No. 25 Arkansas last week.
In the win, Bryce Young threw for a remarkable 559 yards and five touchdowns. Jameson Williams hauled in three of those touchdown passes while also amassing 190 yards.
Auburn has been in a bit of a tailspin to end the season. They have lost three straight games, including a 21-17 loss at South Carolina last week. In the defeat, quarterback TJ Finley threw for just 188 yards and a score, although Tank Bigsby did have a nice game on the ground with 164 yards rushing and a score.
Alabama is the overwhelming favorite to win this one despite playing on the road. They are -1250 to win while the Tigers’ moneyline sits at +710. The spread features Auburn +19.5 (-110), and the over/under for total points is 55.5.
While Auburn is out of the National Championship conversation, Alabama currently has the third-best odds of winning it all at +400. Alabama is also +160 to win the SEC Championship.
By The Numbers
Alabama currently features the second-best offense in the entire nation. To date, they are averaging 44 points per game. For Auburn, they fall to 64th averaging 27.1 points per game (33.8 at home).
Defensively, it is again the Crimson Tide that hold the advantage. They rank 20th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing opponents 20.3 points per game. The Tigers rank 43rd, allowing 24.2 points per game.
Alabama Can’t Afford To Take Their Foot Off the Gas
Currently, the Crimson Tide have the third-best odds of winning the National Championship, but that doesn’t mean they can afford to relax. In fact, to even make the playoffs, they are going to need to win out, which includes beating both Auburn this week and No. 1 Georgia next week in the SEC Championship.
What Alabama can’t do is overlook this game, though, as a loss here would be devastating. Expect head coach Nick Saban to have his team ready and for Bryce Young to show why he has the second-best odds (+190) of winning the Heisman.
To date, Young has thrown for 3,584 yards, 38 touchdowns, and just three interceptions. He also has two rushing touchdowns to date.
His two best receivers have been Jameson Williams (59 receptions, 1,218 yards, 13 touchdowns) and John Metchie III (77 receptions, 895 yards, seven touchdowns).
On the ground, the team is led by Brian Robinson Jr., who has 191 rushes for 945 yards and 14 touchdowns. Robinson also has 223 yards receiving with another couple of scores.
Tigers Would Love To Secure Conference Upset
Things have just not gone well this season for head coach Bryan Harsin and the Auburn Tigers. Not only are they in the midst of a three-game losing streak, but they have also lost their star quarterback, Bo Nix, for the season due to injury.
Still, as bad of a season, as it has been, that could partially be remedied with a massive upset over the rival Crimson Tide.
With Nix out, it will once again be TJ Finley taking over under center. This season, he has thrown for 463 yards and three touchdowns.
While Tank Bigsby (178 rushes, 940 rushing yards, ten touchdowns) may be the focal point of the offense on the ground, Finley will likely have to step up if the Tigers have any chance of winning this one.
The leading receivers for Auburn include Shedrick Jackson (495 yards, one touchdown), Kobe Hudson (490 yards, two touchdowns), and Demetris Robertson (435 yards, four touchdowns).
Take Alabama To Win And Cover
It is just tough to get on board with Auburn having a chance in this one. Not only are they on their backup quarterback, but Alabama realizes what needs to be done to get into the College Football Playoffs.
With so much on the line for the Crimson Tide, expect them to come out quickly and ferociously in this one. Take Alabama to not only win the Iron Bowl but to cover the 19.5-point spread as well.