Auburn vs. Alabama – Game Preview – November 26, 2022

Auburn (5-6, 2-5 SEC) at No. 8 Alabama (9-2, 5-2, No. 7 CFP) Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)

: Alabama by 21 1/2.

Series record: Alabama leads 48-37-1.

WHAT’S AT SAME?

Bragging rights. That’s not what Alabama was hoping to play for right now, but it should be enough in a state where this rivalry matters so much. The Crimson Tide fell out of contention for the national title with two losses in the final game by a total of four points, but can take 10 wins and perhaps improve its bowl destiny. Auburn achieves bowl eligibility with a win under interim coach Carnell Williams. The Tigers have won twice in a row since stopping a five-game skid.

IMPORTANT MATCH

Auburn’s running game against the Alabama defense. Freshman Robby Ashford hasn’t been throwing as much lately, or particularly effectively when he does, but he’s proved dangerous in a running game that was even more stressed under Williams. The Tide gives up just 107.8 yards per game on the ground, 14th nationally.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Auburn: RB’s Tank Bigsby and Jarquez Hunter have both reached 100 rushing yards in each of the past two games. The 1-2 punch has basically run an attack that doesn’t pay much in the passing play and lacks a consistent receiving threat. Bigsby has 800 yards and 10 touchdowns. Hunter has run for 541 yards and seven scores.

Alabama: QB Bryce Young, the winner of the 2021 Heisman Trophy, will almost certainly play his last game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. He is a potential top pick from the NFL draft. With no star receivers or a dominant offensive line, Young hasn’t matched those numbers for 2021, but he’ll still go down as one of the program’s top quarterbacks. He is within striking distance of the program’s No. 2 spot for career transitions and touchdowns.

FACTS

Alabama coach Nick Saban is 10-5 in the Iron Bowl, including a 6-1 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. But overall, Auburn has a 7-6 lead in Tuscaloosa. … The Tide is in danger of not having a 1,000-yard rusher for the first time since 2018 and will almost certainly not have a receiver reaching that mark for the first time since 2017. … Williams, a former Auburn tailback, opened the 2003 game with an 80-yard touchdown run and ran for 204 yards. … The Tigers have thrown just eight touchdown passes, only half of them to wide receivers. …Alabama is 103rd nationally in revenue margin, and Auburn is even worse at 119th. They are 122nd and 102nd in takeaways, respectively.

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