#8 Alabama hosts Auburn at Iron Bowl to show it off

Auburn (5-6, 2-5 SEC) at No. 8 Alabama (9-2, 5-2, No. 7 CFP) Saturday 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Alabama through 21 1/2.

Series record: Alabama leads 48-37-1.

WHAT’S AT Stake?

Braggin’ rights. That’s not what Alabama was hoping for at the time, but it has to be enough in a state where this rivalry is so important. The Crimson Tide fell out of the national title fight with two losses in the last game by four points total, but has 10 wins and maybe better on its bowl goal. Auburn achieves bowl eligibility with a win under caretaker coach Carnell Williams. The Tigers have won back-to-back since stopping a five-game slack.

KEY COMPARISON

Auburn’s running game versus Alabama’s defense. Newcomer Robby Ashford hasn’t thrown all that much lately or been particularly effective when he does, but he’s proven dangerous in a running game that’s been emphasized even more under Williams. The Tide gives up just 107.8 yards per game on the ground, the 14th-least nationwide.

PLAYER TO SEE

Auburn: RB’s tank Bigsby and Jarquez Hunter have both exceeded 100 rushing yards each in their last two games. The 1-2 hit has effectively carried an offense that doesn’t produce much in the passing game and doesn’t have a consistent threat. Bigsby has 900 yards and 10 touchdowns. Hunter ran for 541 yards and seven points.

Alabama: 2021 Heisman Trophy winner QB Bryce Young is almost certainly playing his final game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. He’s a potential top NFL draft pick. Without star receivers or a dominant offensive line, Young hasn’t reached those 2021 numbers, but he’ll still go down as one of the program’s best quarterbacks. He’s within reach of the program’s #2 slot for career passing yards and touchdowns.

FACTS

Alabama coach Nick Saban is up 10-5 in the Iron Bowl, including a 6-1 mark at Bryant-Denny Stadium. But overall, Auburn has a 7-6 advantage in Tuscaloosa. … The Tide is in danger of not having a 1,000-yard rusher for the first time since 2018, and it’s almost certain that no receiver will hit that mark for the first time since 2017. … Williams, a former Auburn jammer, opened the game in 2003 with an 80-yard touchdown rush and rushed for 204 yards. … The Tigers have thrown just eight touchdown passes, only half of which go to wide receivers. … Alabama ranks 103rd nationwide by sales margin, and Auburn is even worse at 119th. They are 122nd and 102nd respectively in the diner.

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