Line: Aub –4.5, 44.5
Alabama leads 38-32-1
I think Auburn-Alabama is the fiercest rivalry in all of college football. There are no pro sports teams in Alabama and the game has featured college football legends like Bear Bryant, Bo Jackson, Kenny Stabler, and Pat Sullivan. Auburn has won 5 in a row and going for a record 6th straight victory over the Tide.
This players in this game will be overshadowed by the coaches: Tommy Tuberville and Nick Saban. Tuberville’s name has been linked to the Texas AM job. I think Tommy is just jockeying for a better contract from Auburn. Saban will be in his first Iron Bowl, but is familiar with the Tigers from his days at LSU.
Auburn is coming off a bye week after a blowout loss to Georgia a week prior. Alabama had an embarrassing loss to Louisiana-Monroe last week causing Saban to conjure up comparisons to 9/11 when describing the loss’ effect on the team.
Rumors have come out of Tuscaloosa that things are not well under Saban. Favoritism, racism, and squabbles amongst teammates have dotted the Internet message board chatter.
Alabama has managed to get up for the big games this year and play well. I think the bye week gives Auburn and big advantage as does playing at home. The Tigers have a much better defense than the Tide and that will be the difference.
Auburn 27 Alabama 20
Auburn Wins, Covers, Over