Rivalry Week is here, and it doesn’t get much better than the annual meeting between Alabama and Auburn in the Iron Bowl.
The Crimson Tide and Tigers meet on Saturday as the Nos. 5 and 16 teams, respectively. Alabama (10-1, 6-1 SEC) still has an outside chance at making the College Football Playoff with backup quarterback Mac Jones, but Auburn (8-3, 4-3) would love nothing better than to play spoiler in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Jones has been efficient in replacement of Tua Tagovailoa, who was lost to injury for the season against Mississippi State. In two starts this season, he has completed 28 of 34 passes for 510 yards and six touchdown passes. That said, he will face his biggest test to date against one of the best defenses in the country.
Auburn’s defense is led by a dominant defensive line, anchored by Derrick Brown, Marlon Davidson and Tyrone Truesdell, who have a combined 14.5 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss. How they play — and how freshman quarterback Bo Nix plays — will go a long way in determining the outcome of Saturday’s game:
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3:28 p.m.: Regardless of your affiliation in this rivalry, this is undoubtedly one of the coolest traditions in college football. We’re nearly ready for kickoff.