SEC Football Preview: Auburn at Alabama

Alabama-Auburn

Rivals Auburn and Alabama tangle on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

By 14Powers.com SEC Football

TEAM SCHEDULES/RESULTS

Auburn

Date Opponent Time TV Result
9/3 vs. Mercer 7:00 PM ET ESP+ W 42 – 16
9/10 vs. San Jose State 7:30 PM ET ESPNU W 24 – 16
9/17 vs. Penn State 3:30 PM ET CBS/PAR+ L 12 – 41
9/24 vs. Missouri 12:00 PM ET ESPN W 17 – 14
10/1 vs. LSU 7:00 PM ET ESPN L 17 – 21
10/8 at Georgia 3:30 PM ET CBS L 10 – 42
10/15 at Ole Miss 12:00 PM ET ESPN L 34 – 48
10/29 vs. Arkansas 12:00 PM ET SECN L 27 – 41
11/5 at Mississippi State 7:30 PM ET ESPN2 L 33 – 39
11/12 vs. Texas A&M 7:30 PM ET SECN W 13 – 10
11/19 vs. Western Kentucky 4:00 PM ET SECN W 41 – 17
11/26 at Alabama 3:30 PM ET CBS

Alabama

Date Opponent Time TV Result
9/3 vs. Utah State 7:30 PM ET SECN W 55 – 0
9/10 at Texas 12:00 PM ET FOX W 20 – 19
9/17 vs. Louisiana-Monroe 4:00 PM ET SECN W 63 – 7
9/24 vs. Vanderbilt 7:30 PM ET SECN W 55 – 3
10/1 at Arkansas 3:30 PM ET CBS W 49 – 26
10/8 vs. Texas A&M 8:00 PM ET CBS W 24 – 20
10/15 at Tennessee 3:30 PM ET CBS L 49 – 52
10/22 vs. Mississippi State 7:00 PM ET ESPN W 30 – 6
11/5 at LSU 7:00 PM ET ESPN L 31 – 32
11/12 at Ole Miss 3:30 PM ET CBS W 30 – 24
11/19 vs. Austin Peay 12:00 PM ET ESP+ W 34 – 0
11/26 vs. Auburn 3:30 PM ET CBS

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

Rating Auburn Alabama
ESPN FPI 46 3
Sagarin 48 3
Massey Composite 53 5
PiRate Ratings 45 3

KEY STATS (PER GAME)

Stat Alabama Auburn
Scoring Offense 40.0 24.5
Scoring Defense 17.2 27.7
Total Offense 471.8 377.0
Rushing Offense 199.5 195.6
Passing Offense 272.4 181.4
Team Passing Eff. 149.8 111.6
Total Defense 303.7 384.3
Rushing Defense 107.8 172.6
Pass Yards Allowed 195.9 211.6
Team Pass Eff. Def. 110.7 116.0
Turnover Margin -0.4 -0.82
3rd Down Conv. Pct 0.45 0.366
4th Down Conv. Pct 0.562 0.550
3rd Down Conv. % Def. 0.295 0.412
4th Down Conv. % Def. 0.286 0.500
Red Zone Offense 0.891 0.868
Red Zone Defense 0.743 0.902
Net Punting 39.360 42.1
Punt Returns 18.0 8.8
Kickoff Returns 17.3 16.5
First Downs Offense 267.0 196
First Downs Defense 202 219
Penalties/Game 7.91 7.3
Penalty Yards/Game 67.8 58.1

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Auburn

QB Zach Calzada, RB Tank Bigsby, OL Nick Brahms, DL Derick Hall, LB Owen Pappoe, DL Colby Wooden, DL Marcus Harris, DB Jaylin Simpson, PK Anders Carlson, P Oscar Chapman.

Alabama

QB Byrce Young, LB Will Anderson, DB Jordan Battle, WR Jermaine Burton, DL Justin Eboigbe, OL Emil Ekiyor, RB Jahmyr Gibbs, TE Cameron Latu, LB Jalen Moody, DB Eli Ricks, LB Henry To’o To’o, OL Javion Cohen, PK Will Reichard.

INJURIES

Auburn

[OL] Tate Johnson (Elbow) – Out
[QB] T.J. Finley (Personal) – Questionable
[OL] Austin Troxell (Knee) – Out
[RB] Jordon Ingram (Knee) – Out
[DE] Eku Leota (Pectoral) – Out
[QB] Zach Calzada (Shoulder) – Out

Alabama

[TE] Cameron Latu (Undisclosed) – Questionable
[RB] Jahmyr Gibbs (Ankle) – Questionable
[DB] Eli Ricks (Head) – Questionable
[DL] Justin Eboigbe (Neck) – Out
[WR] Aaron Anderson (Knee) – Out
[LB] Demouy Kennedy (Knee) – Out

Source: statfox.com

Auburn vs. Alabama Football Series History

Alabama leads 47-32

COMMENTS

Alabama still has an outside chance of slipping into the College Football Playoff. They have to win this game and have a couple of teams lose. I think this one will come down to a battle of the quarterbacks. Bama has the better quarterback in Bryce Young. This game is also being played in Tuscaloosa which helps the Tide.

PREDICTIONS

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Auburn 30, Alabama 34

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Alabama 41, Auburn 24

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 2:30 PM CT (3:30 PM ET). You can watch this SEC football game on the CBS Network.

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