Auburn vs Alabama prediction, match preview, how to watch. Week 13, Saturday 26 November
Auburn vs. Alabama prediction game preview
Auburn vs Alabama how to watch
Date: Saturday, November 26th
Game time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
As seen: CBS
Record: Auburn (5-6), Alabama (9-2)
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Why Auburn will win
Is Lane Kiffin there yet?
Will he be Auburn’s next head coach or not? At least that’s turned into a nice distraction for an Auburn team that should be able to play loose and loose.
No matter what happens, there will be a big change after that. Either Auburn loses and the new direction of the program is underway, or it pulls through and 1) it goes bowling and 2) it means it beats Alabama.
The Tigers have been solid under interim headman and Tiger running back legend Cadillac Williams. They beat Texas A&M, held down WKU’s powerful passing attack with a 41-17 win, and they came into play with a rolling ground game that should be able to move a little.
Tank Bigsby and Jarquez Hunter each hit the 100-yard mark against the Hilltoppers, making it three straight games — and four in the last five — for rushing yards of 250 or more.
The Alabama run’s defense was solid overall, but LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee were all able to crank production against it. Now it’s Auburn’s turn.
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Why Alabama will win
It’s still crazy possible.
It would take a whole host of things to happen, but Alabama still has a tiny chance of making the college football playo…
Okay, that almost certainly won’t happen, but by normal standards, a 10-2 with a win over arch-rival en route to a New Year’s Six Bowl is a great year. Of course, Alabama always expects more, but there’s still a lot to play for.
The offense should constantly be able to keep things moving. Auburn is bad on both sides of the line on third downs, the Tide defensive should live in the backfield, and there’s not enough coming out of the Tiger passing game to be concerned.
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What will happen
Throw away last week’s Austin Peay scrimmage and, for the most part, Alabama has no problem with turnovers. It won’t give up enough errors for Auburn to take over and win.
Even so, the tigers will be strong for about 20 minutes as they hang around and make it a fight. The Alabama offense will take over with a few quick hits and roll out from there.
It might not be a total runaway – the tide will be leaving late – but it will be a strong, efficient end to a tough regular season.
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Auburn vs Alabama prediction, line
Alabama 41, Auburn 19
Line: Alabama -22.5, o/b: 49.5
ATS confidence from 5:2
Auburn vs. Alabama Must See rating (out of 5): 3
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The story originally appeared in College Football News