The betting line is out for next weekend’s Iron Bowl matchup between Alabama and Auburn, and the No. 1 team in the country is more than a three-touchdown favorite over its in-state rival.
The Crimson Tide is considered a 24-point favorite over the Tigers, per VegasInsider.com.
Auburn has posted a 7-3 (3-4 SEC) record leading to their regular-season finale. The Tigers won their most recent game by defeating the Liberty Flames, 53-0. Its four losses came at the hands of LSU, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Georgia. Other teams the soon-to-be visiting team defeated were Washington, Alabama State, Arkansas, Southern Miss, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.
Alabama and Auburn will meet for the 83rd time on Saturday. Alabama holds a 46-35-1 lead in a series that dates back to the 1893 season. The Crimson Tide and Tigers first met on Feb. 22, 1893, at Birmingham’s Lakeview Park with the Tigers claiming 32-22 victory in the inaugural matchup. Alabama has had the upper hand in recent meetings, claiming seven of the last 10 matchups.
Twelfth-year Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban is 9-7 all-time against Auburn, including a 7-4 mark in the Iron Bowl and a 3-3 record with the Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn is 2-4 against Alabama in his six years leading the Tigers program.
Asked about the Iron Bowl after Saturday’s game against The Citadel, a couple of Alabama’s starters on offense gave their brief thoughts on the upcoming game as they spoke with reporters at Bryant-Denny Stadium, which is where this year’s heated rivalry game will be played.
Tua Tagovailoa: “It’s an exciting atmosphere, it’s a big game. When you grow up in Alabama, I heard, it’s either you’re an Auburn fan or an Alabama fan. It’s going to be packed this game, I know that. But it’s not like we haven’t had an opportunity to go into a game like this and try to perform, not only as an offense, not only as a defense but as a team.”
Jonah Williams: “You don’t want to play emotional. I like to think of games more as surgery than a fist fight, you know what I mean? You can’t go into it emotionally, you can’t think about it that way. So, our preparation is going to be the same. Coach Saban tells us to enjoy the win for 24 hours. I’m probably going to enjoy it for about 2.4 and then start watching film on Auburn.”
No. 1-ranked Alabama’s Week 13 home game against Auburn on Saturday, Nov. 24, will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT and will air on CBS, the Southeastern Conference announced this past Monday.
Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl will be on the call for CBS from Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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