Alabama vs Auburn: No. 1 Alabama will host rival Auburn in the Iron Bowl 2018 Saturday afternoon in what’s one of the most anticipated games of every college football season. The Crimson Tide had a bit of a scare last week before pulling away from The Citadel in the second half. Meanwhile, the Tigers had no trouble dispatching of Liberty in the last home game of the season on The Plains.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 24 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Bryant-Denny Stadium — Tuscaloosa, Alabama
TV: CBS | Live stream: Click here to watch live stream free in HD
Auburn: The problems that existed for the Tigers in Game 1 vs. Washington still exist heading into Week 12 — offensive line struggles make it difficult for the running backs to get going and quarterback Jarrett Stidham to stay clean in the pocket. They’ve averaged just 3.83 yards per carry in conference games, have given up 55 tackles for loss and coach Gus Malzahn hasn’t been able to find a way to coach around his team’s deficiencies. There aren’t many deficiencies with the defense, though. Auburn is tied with Alabama with 87 tackles for loss, ranking eighth nationally. Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is creative with his front seven, finds ways to get different players in the backfield and is as disruptive as any group in the nation.
Alabama: Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa looked healthier against The Citadel than he has at any time over the last five weeks, and it has come at a perfect time. He threw three touchdowns and averaged 15.5 yards per attempt against the Bulldogs, and kept his status as the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy. There’s a slight worry with leading-rusher Damien Harris, who suffered a minor concussion last week. But coach Nick Saban has amassed plenty of depth at running back in case Harris isn’t 100 percent. The front seven has been dominant all year, and hasn’t slowed down as the grind of the season has worn on.
Iron Bowl 2018 – Alabama vs Auburn: The Iron Bowl returns to Tuscaloosa on Saturday, with top-ranked Alabama hosting a talented Auburn Tigers team hungry to ruin the Tide’s undefeated season.
Auburn won last year’s game, giving Bama the revenge factor. But while the Tide are big favorites, we all know anything can happen in this rivalry.