Nick Saban has been on the sidelines of the Iron Bowl since 2007 when he took over as Alabama's head coach. Seeing Saban yelling on the sidelines in Tuscaloosa or in Auburn has become a Thanksgiving weekend tradition all it's own. But the Iron Bowl will look very different this year. That's because the legendary Alabama coach has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time this season.
The first time was back in the middle of October right before Alabama was to play Georgia. It turned out to be a false positive test and he was allowed to rejoin the sidelines as they went on to beat Georgia pretty handedly 41-24. That won't be the case on Saturday when No. 1 Alabama takes on No. 22 Auburn. Saban is exhibiting mild symptoms of the virus and won't be on the sidelines. (Saban is 8-5 in the Iron Bowl which is good but seems like it should be higher.) Auburn has won this game most recently winning last year in dramatic fashion 48-45. Even without Saban they are such a well oiled machine that they are still heavily favored in this one.
What TV Channel is #22 Auburn at #1 Alabama on?
Auburn at Alabama will be shown on CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET. You can live stream NCAA Football Games on fuboTV.
How to Watch #22 Auburn at #1 Alabama
When: Saturday, November 28
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch NCAA Football free with fuboTV)
Last year's Iron Bowl may be a good introspective into this year's matchup. Tua Tagovailoa was out for the season at this time and Mac Jones started the Iron Bowl. The Tide lost even though Jones threw for 335 yards and three touchdowns. Jones has only been better since stepping into the starting role full time. He's right at the top of Heisman candidates with 18 touchdowns compared to three interceptions and almost 2,500 yards. To add to the spoils, Alabama has a monster in the backfield. RB Najee Harris could be a Heisman candidate on his own merits and he added to his resume rushing last week scoring two touchdowns to lead the SEC with 16 touchdowns. Not to mention he's second in the conference in rushing yards.
The difference between that Alabama team and this year's version is their defense. Take last week's game against Kentucky for example. Alabama won 63-3 against a Kentucky team that is not as bad as that score indicates. On Halloween they shut out Mike Leach's air-raid offense and beat Mississippi State 41-0. They've given up only 20 points in their last three games.
But Auburn's defense can hold their own. Alabama is giving up 359 yards and 19 points per game compared to Auburn's 402 ypg and 22 ppg. The unfortunate thing for the Tigers is that Alabama is scoring almost 50 points a game and putting up 548 ypg. Auburn is putting up almost 30 ppg and 402 ypg. This defense is going to have to play the game of their lives. They have a +4 turnover ratio and will need to win the turnover battle decisively if they're going to have any shot at winning the 85th edition of the Iron Bowl.
Auburn Tigers at Alabama Crimson Tide Betting Odds
Auburn Odds: +24.5
Alabama Odds: -24.5
Money Line: Auburn +850 - Alabama -1667