#1 Alabama (11-0) vs. #4 Auburn (10-1) Top 5 Battle In Epic Iron Bowl
#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-0) (7-0 SEC) vs. #4 Auburn Tigers (10-1) (6-1 SEC)
The Iron Bowl will have special meaning this coming Saturday when the top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide come to Jordan-Hare Stadium to face the #4 ranked Auburn Tigers. This game has huge implications for both the SEC West title and the BCS National Championship. It should be a great game with the nations' best scoring defense (Alabama 9.3 points per game) going up against the 2nd best rushing offense in the country in Auburn (320.3 yards per game).
Alabama is led by their senior quarterback AJ McCarron. McCarron has led the Crimson Tide to two straight BCS National Championships and is 36-2 in his college career. On the season, McCarron has completed 68.6 percent of his passes for 2,399 yards with 23 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
Auburn is led by former Georgia Bulldog Nick Marshall. The junior has shown poise and leadership in leading the Tigers high octane offensive attack that is averaging 39.0 points per game. Marshall has completed 58.4 percent of his passes for 1,530 yards with 9 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. However, Marshall can hurt teams with his legs. On the season, Marshall has rushed for 823 yards (6.7 yards per carry) and 9 touchdowns.
-Bama is averaging 39.7 points per game (14th in the nation).
-Bama OL has given up 9 sacks through 11 games this year.
-Bama is averaging 233.3 passing yards per game (63rd in the country).
-Bama is ranked 24th in the nation in rushing offense (211.5 rushing yards per game).
-Bama RB's TJ Yeldon and Kenyan Drake have a combined 20 touchdowns on the year.
-Bama WR's Kevin Norwood, Amari Cooper, Christion Jones, DeAndrew White all have over 25 receptions on the year.
-Bama defense is giving up 91.7 rushing yards per game.
-Bama defense is giving up 172. 6 passing yards per game.
-Bama is +5 in turnover margin this season.
-Bama has 18 sacks through 11 games this year.
-Auburn is 104th in the nation is passing offense (179.6 yards per game).
-Auburn RB Tre Mason has rushed for 1,153 yards (5.5 yards per carry) and 17 touchdowns.
-Auburn WR Sammi Coates is a big play threat averaging 22.9 yards per catch.
-Auburn has beaten 3 Top 25 teams this season Only loss at LSU (35-21).
-Auburn defense is giving up 22.0 points per game (30th in the nation).
-Auburn is allowing 153.1 rushing yards per game.
-Auburn is allowing 253.7 passing yards per game.
-Auburn is +2 in turnover margin on the season.
-Auburn has 24 sacks through 11 games this year.
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