Auburn will travel to Tuscaloosa and take on the Crimson Tide of Alabama.
The Iron Bowl is the biggest rivalry in college sports, so these two teams don’t have much sympathy for each other.
The stakes are high for the Tigers as they hope to hit the crucial six-win mark and make a bowl game.
Regardless of the rivalry, this talented Alabama football team will try to blast this Auburn team.
Let’s look at five ways Auburn could fight Alabama.
Bryce Young is a stud
Bryce Young is arguably the best quarterback in college football and has numbers to back it up. Young is throwing for 266 yards per game. His completion percentage is a spectacular 63% and he has thrown for 24 touchdowns. Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner loves the Iron Bowl and will look to take the Tigers apart in front of his home crowd. If the Tigers let Young throw the ball over them, it will be a tough game to win.
Will Anderson is not human
Will Anderson is an absolute stud pass rusher and will finish in the top five in this year’s NFL draft. He’s had a slow year, collecting just eight sacks, but the numbers he put up last season were nothing short of incredible. We all know that Auburn’s offensive struggles have been a problem this season. The Tigers have been looking better lately, protecting Robby Ashford, but they haven’t blocked a guy like Anderson. If Anderson is in Ashford’s face the entire game, it won’t be a fun afternoon for Auburn fans.
Alabama has the best dueling threat in the country
Jahmyr Gibbs is one of the best duel threat running backs we’ve seen in college football in a long time. He is perfectly balanced as a runner and pass catcher. That puts so much strain on the defense. Gibbs missed the game against Austin Peay last week through injury, but he should be good for the Iron Bowl. If Gibbs runs all over the Tigers, gets into open field and catches passes, the Tigers will have a hard time shutting down the excitement.
Alabama comes up behind the quarterback
Alabama’s pass rush isn’t just Anderson. They can attack you with different players from multiple different directions. The Crimson Tide have 32 sacks on the season, meaning 24 have come from someone other than Anderson. If Ashford is on his back all game, there’s no way the Tigers will be able to sustain drives. Hopefully the running game will take some of the pressure off Ashford and the offensive line. If Ashford is sacked all game, there’s no way the Tigers can leave T-Town with a win.
Alabama has a solid kicker
It seems almost every year the Iron Bowl is decided by a foosball player from Alabama. Just think of the Kick Six or the 2019 Doink Off the Upright. Well, Alabama actually has a good kicker this season. Will Reichard has all 51 of his extra points and is 21-25 on field goals. If this game is going to kick ass, the Crimson Tide must be feeling pretty good about their kicker, but don’t forget it’s the Iron Bowl; Everything can happen.
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