The Iron Bowl: Auburn Tries to Take Down #1 ‘Bama

The Iron Bowl

Iron Bowl Determines Who Plays UGA for SEC Title

The fans at Jordan-Hare Stadium will see The Iron Bowl, between the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide and the 6th-ranked Auburn Tigers when they take their seats on Saturday. The Iron Bowl features a winner-take-all matchup for the SEC West Division.

The winner earns the right to play Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 2 in Atlanta.

Oddsmakers have Alabama as a 6-point favorite. The total is at 47.5.

The winner of the Iron Bowl has played for the national championship in seven of the past eight years. Alabama-Auburn was already one of the top rivalries in college football. The recent history has pushed it into another level altogether. Not many rivalries can boast this type of history.

Alabama has a 45-35-1 lead in the series and has won seven of the past nine matchups.

Auburn used the infamous Kick Six game to defeat Alabama in 2013. It ended the Crimson Tide’s chance at three straight national championships. The Tigers defeated Missouri in the SEC Championship Game. Auburn then came a few seconds away from claiming the national championship in a tough loss to Florida State.

Auburn Used to Playing #1 Teams

Playing the top team in the country is nothing new for Auburn. The Tigers welcomed then-No. 1 Georgia into Jordan-Hare Stadium just two weeks ago. The Tigers hammered the Bulldogs 40-17. In reality the game that wasn’t that close.

Running back Kerryon Johnson leads the SEC with 1,172 yards rushing and 16 rushing touchdowns. Auburn ranks No. 4 in the SEC in rushing yards per game. The War Eagles have almost always had a strong running game under Gus Malzahn. Despite running the spread offense, he believes teams must be physical in the run game.

Quarterback Jarrett Stidham has given the Tigers a downfield passing game they haven’t had in a few years. Stidham has thrown for 2,445 yards with 16 touchdowns. The transfer only has four interceptions. He leads the SEC in completion percentage (67.8).

Auburn has been well over 200 yards rushing in seven of its last eight games. They only had 189-yard effort in the loss to LSU. The Tigers have been over 300 yards four times.

More of the Same from the Crimson Tide

Alabama has the No. 2 rush defense in the country, limiting teams to 87.4 yards per game.

The Tide loves to run as well. Alabama leads the SEC in rushing yards with 270.3 per game. They also lead in yards per carry at 6.03. Then throw in 35 rushing touchdowns.

Alabama All-American safety Minkah Fitzpatrick sat out last week’s game against Mercer. He has a lingering hamstring issue. He was expected to practice through the week. Starting guard Ross Pierschbacher has a bum ankle and hadn’t been cleared as of Monday but was considered day-to-day.

 

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Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Alabama11-05-641.3610.1831.184-41-25-63-52-1
Auburn9-24-4-337.6416.64212-2-22-2-17-43-34-1
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
ALAB11.5923.99-12.4
AUBRN12.6418.2-5.55

Yards Per Pass

NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
ALAB14.549.974.57
AUBRN13.5010.842.66

Yards Per Rush

NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
ALAB6.032.673.36
AUBRN5.183.152.03
Team Records

Alabama Crimson Tide

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall11-08-03-05-64-41-241.3610.1831.18
vs Conf7-04-03-03-42-21-241.8610.2931.57
Last 33-02-01-01-21-10-137.0011.3325.67

Auburn Tigers

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall9-26-03-24-4-32-2-22-2-137.6416.6421.00
vs Conf6-13-03-14-1-22-0-12-1-143.0019.7123.29
Last 33-02-01-01-1-11-10-0-141.3319.3322.00

Iron Bowl Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense41.36716.649
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense182.0092176.3329
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense310.007101.5014
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense37.641710.181
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense256.0051144.331
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense270.171294.338

Iron Bowl Head To Head Summary

NameRecordATSOUScoreRushYPRPACPPYTYTO +/-
Alabama7-35-54-633.20190.204.8028.1065.84235.20425.401.00
Auburn3-75-54-618.30127.803.4322.8052.63159.80287.601.70

Iron Bowl Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Nov 26, 2016AUBRNALAB12-306611618212032985012
 

Nov 28, 2015

ALABAUBRN29-132861794650911692601
Nov 29, 2014AUBRNALAB44-5517445663022273125393
Nov 30, 2013ALABAUBRN28-342182774950296973931
Nov 24, 2012AUBRNALAB0-49927116332672164831
Nov 26, 2011ALABAUBRN42-14213184397178621402
Nov 26, 2010AUBRNALAB28-271082163241693774462
Nov 27, 2009ALABAUBRN26-217321829101511813322
Nov 29, 2008AUBRNALAB0-365711317032341784120
Nov 24, 2007ALABAUBRN10-1711211322511651172821

Iron Bowl Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Alabama Crimson Tide

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Nov 18, 2017MERC56-0W-49/26526553010754161-1H
Nov 11, 2017MIS.ST31-24W-14/49.5L/O2022424441721583300A
Nov 4, 2017LSU24-10W-20.5/46.5L/U116183299151155306-1H
Oct 21, 2017TENN45-7W-37/51W/O27233260464441081H
Oct 14, 2017ARK41-9W-37/54.5L/U308188496272002271H

Auburn Tigers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Nov 18, 2017UL.MON42-14W-38/68L/U317235552116217333-1H
Nov 11, 2017GEORGI40-17W2.5/48W/O23725148846184230-1H
Nov 4, 2017TEXA&M42-27W-15/52P/O2282684961432003430A
Oct 21, 2017ARK52-20W-17/51W/O345284629171163334-1A
Oct 14, 2017LSU23-27L-6.5/46L/O189165354157206363-1A

Weather in
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Cloudy
Humidity is 51%
Wind is West-southwest 4 mph
Visibility is 10.004077 mi
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Forecast for Auburn

Next Up: Winner Plays UGA on December 2nd in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta

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