TV Schedule: Saturday, Nov. 28, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Jordan-Hare Stadium
Line: Alabama (-14.5)
Typically, the Iron Bowl has a lot on the line. That might be the case in 2015, but there is only one team in this duel that has everything on the line. That is, of course, the Alabama Crimson Tide.
That is because Alabama enters this Week 13 showdown with just one loss. That also means the Crimson Tide could end up making the SEC championship and then the College Football Playoff after that. But wait, there’s more! With a big performance this weekend, there is always that chance that running back Derrick Henry could lock up the Heisman Trophy.
Meanwhile, the Auburn Tigers have been one of the biggest disappointments of 2015 (they were supposed to contend for the playoff). They have the overall record of 6-5 and the SEC record of 2-5 to prove it.
Auburn does have two things going for it, though. (1) It gets this game at home. (2) This is a rivalry game. If you don’t think that means anything, just remember that the one-loss Oklahoma Sooners somehow lost to the Texas Longhorns earlier in the year.
Rivalry game or not, the Tigers are at the bottom of the SEC West standings, while the Crimson Tide are at the top. Auburn is going to bring its A game, but that still likely won’t be enough. Not when Alabama has an unstoppable force like Henry and an elite defense to go along with that.
It’s odd to say, but this year’s version of the Iron Bowl might get out of hand.
PREDICTION: Crimson Tide 42, Tigers 17