At this point, you've doubtlessly heard all about the Iron Bowl -- the passion, the pageantry, the 365-day obsession that pits neighbor versus neighbor and coworker versus coworker in the state of Alabama. It's all true. Children can literally
Alabama and Auburn have not been good at the same time very often recently. Only once in their last 14 meetings have both teams been ranked for the Iron Bowl (in 2005, when Alabama was No. 8 and Auburn No. 11), and only once in the last 35 years have both been ranked in the top 10 when they met (the 1994 matchup pitted No. 4 Alabama against No. 6 Auburn). So in addition to the hysteria that surrounds this annual donnybrook, we're going to get some championship caliber football, which should make Friday's Iron Bowl one of the greatest in the game's storied history.
Alabama enters the game as a four-point favorite. Alabama is 7-1 in its last eight home games against the spread, but just 4-3 versus the SEC this year. Auburn is 6-1 versus the SEC this year against the spread, but is 3-9 in its last 12 road games. Auburn has covered in four of the last five matchups. There's no definitive trend.
Alabama leads the nation in interceptions (21), but is tied for last in the nation in fumble recoveries (three).
Auburn has put together an undefeated season thanks to a dash of luck (Clemson), timely defensive plays (South Carolina, LSU) and a whole lot of Cam Newton (25 passing TDs, 17 rushing TDs). Auburn has not, however, had to face a top 10 team on the road. Alabama's defense will feed off the frenzied crowd and keep Newton relatively under control, while its offense will be able to score on a suspect Auburn defense. 'Bama will wreck its rival's perfect season.