What is arguably the SEC’s biggest rivalry is renewed once again this weekend, as Alabama travels to Auburn for the 2023 Iron Bowl. A head-to-head matchup between the two in-state rivals that dates back to 1893, Alabama has won the last three games against Auburn, with the Tigers latest victory coming back in 2019 at home.
Led by head coach Hugh Freeze, Auburn comes into the 2023 Iron Bowl sitting at 6-5 overall, as well as 3-4 in SEC play. The Tigers are however coming off what was undoubtedly their worst loss of the season so far, falling at home to New Mexico State by a final score of 31-10.
Auburn’s offense is currently averaging 27.5 PPG for the year, and are led by quarterback Payton Thorne. Joining the aforementioned Thorne on the Tigers offense is running back Jarquez Hunter, as well as a group of pass catchers headlined by Rivaldo Fairweather, Jay Fair, Ja’Varrius Johnson, and Caleb Burton.
Defensively, the Tigers are allowing 21.5 PPG to opponents, and are led in tackles by linebacker Eugene Asante, while both Marcus Harris and Jalen McLeod join him as Auburn’s top pass rushers. Also among the names to know are Larry Nixon III, Jaylin Simpson, Donovan Kaufman, Keionte Scott, and DJ James, among others.
Special teams for Auburn is one of the Tigers biggest strengths led by kicker Alex McPherson, who has yet to miss a kick this season. Auburn’s punter is Oscar Chapman, while Brian Battie is the primary kickoff returner, with the aforementioned Scott also returning punts.
Led by head coach Nick Saban, Alabama comes to Auburn ranked as the nation’s No. 8 team according to the latest College Football Playoff Rankings, as well as sitting at 10-1 overall and 7-0 in conference play as the SEC West champions. The Crimson Tide are also on a nine-game winning streak, with their lone loss this year having come at home to Texas back on September 9.
Offensively, Alabama is averaging 36.5 PPG for the year, and are led by one of the conference’s top dual-threat quarterbacks in Jalen Milroe. The Crimson Tide also have a strong running back duo in Jase McClellan and Roydell Williams, while their top receivers are Jermaine Burton, Isaiah Bond, Kobe Prentice, and Amari Niblack, among others.
Alabama’s defense is allowing only 17.4 PPG to opponents this season, and are led in tackles by freshman safety Caleb Downs with 90 total. The top pass rushers for Alabama are Dallas Turner, Chris Braswell, and Justin Eboigbe, while Jihaad Campbell, Terrion Arnold, and Kool-Aid McKinstry are among the other names to know.
Special teams for Alabama is headlined by experienced kicker Will Reichard, while James Burnip is the Crimson Tide’s punter. Kickoff returns are primarily handled by Kendrick Law, with punts split a week ago between the aforementioned McKinstry and Downs.
Auburn vs. Alabama Line, Spread, Over/Under
According to FanDuel, Alabama is a 14.5-point favorite over Auburn as of Tuesday, November 21, with the over/under 48.5. The Crimson Tide are also at -650, while Auburn is +460.
Auburn vs. Alabama 2023 Iron Bowl Prediction
A game that could end up being close, the pick to win the 2023 Iron Bowl goes to Alabama. The Crimson Tide need a win to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive, and I’ll say Alabama gets that victory Saturday behind a big game from quarterback Jalen Milroe. Prediction: Auburn 17, Alabama 33
What Channel is the Auburn vs. Alabama Game On?
The 2023 Iron Bowl will be played Saturday, November 25 from Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, AL at 3:30 PM ET on CBS.
Auburn vs. Alabama Live Stream
A live stream of the 2023 Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama can be found on fuboTV here.
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