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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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Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Alabama 11-0 5-6 41.36 10.18 31.18 4-4 1-2 5-6 3-5 2-1
Auburn 9-2 4-4-3 37.64 16.64 21 2-2-2 2-2-1 7-4 3-3 4-1
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
ALAB 11.59 23.99 -12.4
AUBRN 12.64 18.2 -5.55

Yards Per Pass

Name Offense Defense Differential
ALAB 14.54 9.97 4.57
AUBRN 13.50 10.84 2.66

Yards Per Rush

Name Offense Defense Differential
ALAB 6.03 2.67 3.36
AUBRN 5.18 3.15 2.03
Team Records

Alabama Crimson Tide

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 11-0 8-0 3-0 5-6 4-4 1-2 41.36 10.18 31.18
vs Conf 7-0 4-0 3-0 3-4 2-2 1-2 41.86 10.29 31.57
Last 3 3-0 2-0 1-0 1-2 1-1 0-1 37.00 11.33 25.67

Auburn Tigers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 9-2 6-0 3-2 4-4-3 2-2-2 2-2-1 37.64 16.64 21.00
vs Conf 6-1 3-0 3-1 4-1-2 2-0-1 2-1-1 43.00 19.71 23.29
Last 3 3-0 2-0 1-0 1-1-1 1-1 0-0-1 41.33 19.33 22.00

Iron Bowl Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 41.36 7 16.64 9
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 182.00 92 176.33 29
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 310.00 7 101.50 14
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 37.64 17 10.18 1
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 256.00 51 144.33 1
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 270.17 12 94.33 8

Iron Bowl Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Alabama 7-3 5-5 4-6 33.20 190.20 4.80 28.10 65.84 235.20 425.40 1.00
Auburn 3-7 5-5 4-6 18.30 127.80 3.43 22.80 52.63 159.80 287.60 1.70

Iron Bowl Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Nov 26, 2016 AUBRN ALAB 12-30 66 116 182 1 203 298 501 2
 

Nov 28, 2015

ALAB AUBRN 29-13 286 179 465 0 91 169 260 1
Nov 29, 2014 AUBRN ALAB 44-55 174 456 630 2 227 312 539 3
Nov 30, 2013 ALAB AUBRN 28-34 218 277 495 0 296 97 393 1
Nov 24, 2012 AUBRN ALAB 0-49 92 71 163 3 267 216 483 1
Nov 26, 2011 ALAB AUBRN 42-14 213 184 397 1 78 62 140 2
Nov 26, 2010 AUBRN ALAB 28-27 108 216 324 1 69 377 446 2
Nov 27, 2009 ALAB AUBRN 26-21 73 218 291 0 151 181 332 2
Nov 29, 2008 AUBRN ALAB 0-36 57 113 170 3 234 178 412 0
Nov 24, 2007 ALAB AUBRN 10-17 112 113 225 1 165 117 282 1

Iron Bowl Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Alabama Crimson Tide

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Nov 18, 2017 MERC 56-0 W -49/ 265 265 530 107 54 161 -1 H
Nov 11, 2017 MIS.ST 31-24 W -14/49.5 L/O 202 242 444 172 158 330 0 A
Nov 4, 2017 LSU 24-10 W -20.5/46.5 L/U 116 183 299 151 155 306 -1 H
Oct 21, 2017 TENN 45-7 W -37/51 W/O 272 332 604 64 44 108 1 H
Oct 14, 2017 ARK 41-9 W -37/54.5 L/U 308 188 496 27 200 227 1 H

Auburn Tigers

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Nov 18, 2017 UL.MON 42-14 W -38/68 L/U 317 235 552 116 217 333 -1 H
Nov 11, 2017 GEORGI 40-17 W 2.5/48 W/O 237 251 488 46 184 230 -1 H
Nov 4, 2017 TEXA&M 42-27 W -15/52 P/O 228 268 496 143 200 343 0 A
Oct 21, 2017 ARK 52-20 W -17/51 W/O 345 284 629 171 163 334 -1 A
Oct 14, 2017 LSU 23-27 L -6.5/46 L/O 189 165 354 157 206 363 -1 A

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

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