There are some storied rivalries in sports and they all have their place in the history books, but there is something about the Iron Bowl that is hard to match. There is something about a game that dates back to 1893 that really gets your energy going on a Saturday Morning.
When Alabama and Auburn take the field on Saturday, it will be the 85th time that the two teams have met in this classic game. Some of my greatest football memories revolve around it, for instance, the improbable “Kick Six.”
This time around, Alabama is ranked number 1 overall in the College Football Playoff ranking and Auburn is ranked 22. Historically, Alabama has had the upper hand as the top team in the nation when they faced Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Out of eight different appearances at number one, Alabama is 6-2 against Auburn. However, those two upsets have been massive and they both came within the last seven years. Of course, it was in 2013 when we saw the greatness of the “Kick Six” and the finest ending to a college football game that has ever existed.
2020 has been a weird year and the improbable and unthinkable has been lurching at the corner just about everywhere we turn. So would it be that bizarre and unlikely that despite Auburn being more than a 20 point underdog, they pull off an upset at Jordan-Hare? It might be….
Mac Jones is a Heisman candidate and the Alabama offense is truly one of the most dominant in recent years. Last week, they beat Kentucky by 60 points, one of the worst SEC point differences in the conference’s history. Bama put up 63 to Kentucky’s 3. The Crimson Tide has scored 40 or more in six games this season and have put up at least 60 twice.
Auburn on the other hand has struggled. They have two losses under their belts and one of those came to South Carolina, a team that fired its coach just a week ago and looks like it will hang towards the bottom of the SEC for years to come. They also were nearly upset by an Arkansas team that may be better than years past but has no business keeping up with a team like Auburn.
Iron Bowl Keys to the Game:
Alabama, Don’t Overlook: It can be easy for the top ranked team in the country to dismiss a game against a team far worse than them. It has happened before in this rivalry game and it will most definitely happen again. Nick Saban will have his guys prepared but a season that is bound for perfection can be upended by just one mistake in a rivalry game full of hate.
Auburn, Air it Out: Alabama’s defense ranks just 69th in the country in passing yards, a not-so nice number. Bo Nix has been hit or miss at the quarterback position but he has shown some promise in a few games this season. The game plan should be to attack through the air and make that Bama secondary work.
Iron Bowl Prediction:
There is nothing I love more than an upset, but I’m not feeling it this year.
Auburn 24 Alabama 49
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com