The Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers will face off in the Iron Bowl Saturday. The much ballyhooed rivalry will add yet another chapter and conclude a decade that has provided some of the biggest and best games and some of the greatest moments in the entire 150-year history of the sport, as well.
Saturday’s matchup in particular will be pretty interesting. It won’t be Tua Tagovailoa who plays under center for the Tide of course. Rather, it will be Mac Jones who steps in to face the Tigers. Jones assumed the role of QB after Tua went down two weeks ago against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. It’s quite the spot for the young quarterback, as a victory combined with a couple of other bounces could give way to ‘Bama swooping in and making the College Football Playoff. But a loss would almost certainly snuff those playoff hopes out. And you know that Auburn (and their fans) would relish that opportunity.
The Tigers offense will have to be on their game though. They’ve been somewhat skittish over the past couple of weeks, and the stats do suggest that. Their YPP has been up and down all season long. In fact, the only time it ever went up in consecutive weeks was from October 26 to November 2, when they went from 4.2 YPP against the LSU Tigers up to 5.6 YPP against the Ole Miss Rebels. They’re coming off a 6.4 YPP performance against Samford, but prior to that they had just 3.8 against the Georgia Bulldogs and their stingy defense. Simply put, Bo Nix will have to be on his A-game if Auburn wants to be victorious.
Chances are, this game is going to bring a bevy of excitement. That’s just how things typically go, especially when both teams are at a high level. And since it’s in Auburn, well... I think things get very, very interesting today.
HOW TO WATCH
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT
Watch Online: CBSSports.com
Spread: Alabama -3.5
Moneyline: Alabama -180 | Auburn +150