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Iron Bowl 2016: Auburn vs. Alabama TV channel, matchups, players to watch

When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. CT

Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

TV: CBS

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This game will determine…

The biggest rivalry in college football is upon us, and bragging rights for the next 365 days are up for grabs. The top-ranked Crimson Tide is looking to cap the regular season with an unblemished record heading into the SEC Championship Game against Florida. A win over Auburn all but lock up a College Football Playoff spot. The Tigers hope to play the spoiler by pulling off their first Iron Bowl win since 2013. Auburn still has a chance to make a New Year’s Six Bowl with an Iron Bowl loss, but an upset would drastically improve its postseason outlook.

Key matchup

This year’s Iron Bowl features the SEC’s top rushing offense in Auburn and the SEC’s top rushing defense in Alabama. The Tigers are averaging 297.8 rushing yards per game and have scored 32 touchdowns on the ground this year. The Tide, meanwhile, has held opponents to 68.9 rushing yards per game and only three scores. Something’s got to give.

Three things to watch

1. Auburn’s quarterback situation. Will it be Sean White? Jeremy Johnson? John Franklin III? Auburn’s starting quarterback remains a mystery, and head coach Gus Malzahn has made no indication that he plans to publicly announce who will take the field first before game time. White’s nagging shoulder injury, which he suffered Oct. 29 at Ole Miss, may keep him out of the Iron Bowl entirely. If that’s the case, Johnson is the presumed favorite to start after having success last week against Alabama A&M. Look for Franklin to be involved as well — his blazing speed makes him tough to catch.

2. Kamryn Pettway’s return. Auburn’s bruising running back missed the last two games against Georgia and Alabama A&M after injuring his leg in the fourth quarter against Vanderbilt, but is expected to play Saturday. The Tigers are a force on the ground when he’s healthy and, at times, look lost offensively without him. Pettway ranks second in the SEC with 1,106 yards, despite receiving carries in only seven games this year.

3. Auburn’s rushing defense. Auburn’s defensive line, led by defensive end Carl Lawson and defensive tackle Montravius Adams, has been stout against the run this season. The Tigers have given up just four rushing touchdowns this season, and none since their loss to Texas A&M in Week 3.

matchups, players to watch

Head To Head: Auburn vs. Alabama 2016 prediction show

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on November 26, 2016 at 7:04 AM, updated November 26, 2016 at 1:49 PM
#13 AUBURN (8-3, 5-2 SEC) AT #1 ALABAMA (11–0, 7-0)

When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. CT

Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

TV: CBS

Line: Alabama by 17 1/2

This game will determine…

The biggest rivalry in college football is upon us, and bragging rights for the next 365 days are up for grabs. The top-ranked Crimson Tide is looking to cap the regular season with an unblemished record heading into the SEC Championship Game against Florida. A win over Auburn all but lock up a College Football Playoff spot. The Tigers hope to play the spoiler by pulling off their first Iron Bowl win since 2013. Auburn still has a chance to make a New Year’s Six Bowl with an Iron Bowl loss, but an upset would drastically improve its postseason outlook.

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Key matchup

This year’s Iron Bowl features the SEC’s top rushing offense in Auburn and the SEC’s top rushing defense in Alabama. The Tigers are averaging 297.8 rushing yards per game and have scored 32 touchdowns on the ground this year. The Tide, meanwhile, has held opponents to 68.9 rushing yards per game and only three scores. Something’s got to give.

Three things to watch

1. Auburn’s quarterback situation. Will it be Sean White? Jeremy Johnson? John Franklin III? Auburn’s starting quarterback remains a mystery, and head coach Gus Malzahn has made no indication that he plans to publicly announce who will take the field first before game time. White’s nagging shoulder injury, which he suffered Oct. 29 at Ole Miss, may keep him out of the Iron Bowl entirely. If that’s the case, Johnson is the presumed favorite to start after having success last week against Alabama A&M. Look for Franklin to be involved as well — his blazing speed makes him tough to catch.

2. Kamryn Pettway’s return. Auburn’s bruising running back missed the last two games against Georgia and Alabama A&M after injuring his leg in the fourth quarter against Vanderbilt, but is expected to play Saturday. The Tigers are a force on the ground when he’s healthy and, at times, look lost offensively without him. Pettway ranks second in the SEC with 1,106 yards, despite receiving carries in only seven games this year.

3. Auburn’s rushing defense. Auburn’s defensive line, led by defensive end Carl Lawson and defensive tackle Montravius Adams, has been stout against the run this season. The Tigers have given up just four rushing touchdowns this season, and none since their loss to Texas A&M in Week 3.

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What Auburn players, coaches said about facing No. 1 Alabama
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Alabama player to watch

Quarterback Jalen Hurts. Alabama’s offensive revolves around the sensational freshman quarterback. Head coach Gus Malzahn said he’s “like a running back playing quarterback” — Hurts set the Alabama single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 803 and 11 touchdowns. Auburn has managed to contain mobile quarterbacks this season and was perhaps most impressive in Week 1 when it held Clemson’s Deshaun Watson to just 21 yards on the ground.

By the numbers

41.7 — In Nick Saban’s four Iron Bowls inside Bryant-Denny Stadium, the Tide has gone 3-1 and outscored Auburn by an average of 41.7 to 18 points per game

Key injuries

Auburn — RB Kamryn Pettway probable (leg), FB Chandler Cox probable (leg), QB Sean White questionable (shoulder), WR Stanton Truitt questionable (ankle), RB Malik Miller doubtful (knee), WR Marcus Davis out (shoulder), RB Stephen Davis Jr. out (knee), OT Prince Sammons out (foot), DE Byron Cowart out (appendectomy), DE Paul James III out (knee), DL Jaunta’vius Johnson out (knee), LB Josh Shockley out (shoulder), CB Jeremiah Dinson out (knee), CB Jayvaughn Myers out (knee), CB Jamel Dean out (knee)