Before the Alabama Crimson Tide turns all of the attention on facing top-ranked Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, they need to find a way to win at the Auburn Tigers for the first time since 2015.
T.J. Finley will get another start at quarterback as Auburn starter Bo Nix is out. Finley threw for 188 yards and a touchdown in last week’s loss to South Carolina.
Alabama is No. 3 in both the Associated Press Top 25 poll and the College Football Playoff rankings. A loss would put the Crimson Tide likely into the position of having to win the SEC title game to earn one of the four playoff spots.
Alabama (+375) trails only Georgia (-150) and Ohio State (+300) in the college football championship odds.
- Game: Alabama (10-1) at Auburn (6-5)
- Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium
- Day/Time: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET
- Television: CBS
The Alabama Crimson Tide was listed as a 24½-point favorite in the 2020 game against the Auburn Tigers.
DeVonta Smith and Najee Harris scored touchdowns in the third quarter to blow the Iron Bowl open and give Alabama the 35-6 lead’ John Metchie’s touchdown catch made it a 36-point lead and not even a late Auburn touchdown prevented Alabama from covering the college football spread.
The game fell well short of the 65-point total and three of the last meetings between the teams held at Alabama went over the total.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Next game: vs. Georgia in SEC Championship Game
Alabama was favored by 20½ points against the visiting Arkansas Razorbacks.
The Crimson Tide led by 10 points at halftime and a Bryce Young touchdown pass early in the third quarter pushed the lead on 17 and put Alabama in a position to cover. However, Arkansas did not go away quietly and answered every Alabama second-half score with a touchdown of its own.
An Arkansas touchdown with 1:02 to play made the final 42-35 as Alabama extended its winning streak to five games. However, the Crimson Tide only covered three of the five games.
Receiver Jojo Earle and linebacker Keanu Koht (foot) are questionable. Running back Camar Wheaton is out indefinitely. Linebacker Christopher Allen (foot), running backs Jase McClellan (knee) and Roydell Williams (knee) and receiver Xavier Williams are out for the season. Williams and McClellan are the second- and fourth-leading rushers for Alabama and had combined for 15 receptions.
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The Auburn Tigers were listed as seven-point favorites according to the sportsbook in the game against the host South Carolina Gamecocks.
The Tigers were up 14-0 at the end of the first quarter but the Gamecocks scored on their final two drives of the first half to tie the game at 14.
Auburn regained the lead early in the third quarter but a South Carolina touchdown pass with 4:57 left in the third quarter capped the scoring to give South Carolina the 21-17 win. It was the third straight game that Auburn failed to cover and the game went under the 45½-point total.
Quarterback Bo Nix (ankle), as well as receivers Tar’varish Dawson and Kobe Hudson, are out. Kicker Anders Carlson (knee) and defensive lineman Jeremiah Wright (knee) are out for the season.
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Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Will Anderson leads the country with 26.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks. He has a chance to become the first FBS player with at least 30 tackles for loss since Houston’s Sammy Brown in 2011.
Auburn is tied with Tennessee for the most yards lost on sacks in SEC play.
Running back Tank Bigsby needs 60 yards to become the first Auburn player to rush for more than 1,000 yards since Kerryon Johnson in 2017.
Auburn is 13th among 14 SEC teams with nine turnovers forced but also has only lost 11 fumbles or interceptions.
Alabama is seventh among FBS teams in red zone offense, scoring touchdowns on 74 percent of its red zone trips.
Alabama has covered in just two of the last eight games that the Crimson Tide played at Auburn. The Crimson Tide are 1-5 against the spread in their last 15 games against SEC teams.
The total has gone under in five of Auburn’s last seven games.
Not that this game needs more fuel thrown into the fire, but injured Auburn quarterback Nix did just that by suggesting that officials favor the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Auburn QB Bo Nix threw some shade at SEC officiating in Alabama games on today’s show.
See the full interview here: https://t.co/W7pUFq8vxC
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