The No. 2-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (10-1, 6-1) can lock up the SEC West and secure a spot in the conference championship game with an Iron Bowl win over interstate rival Auburn (6-5, 2-5) at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday.
Nick Saban’s team rolls into their final regular season game ranked No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings and having won eight in a row since a Week 3 loss to Ole Miss. A win on Saturday and another over No. 10 Florida in the SEC Championship will put Alabama in the CFP for the second straight year and playing for their fourth national championship since 2009.
The Tide is paced on offense by running back Derrick Henry, who leads the nation in touchdowns (21), having found the end zone in every game this season. Henry rushed for 68 yards on nine carries in Alabama’s 56-6 blowout win over Charleston Southern but ran for at least 200 yards in three of the four previous games ranks No. 2 nationally in rushing yards (1,526).
Alabama has averaged 198.9 rush yards per game over the course of the season while Auburn allows the fourth-most rushing yards in the SEC (180.9 per game) and has given up 23 rushing touchdowns in 2015. Auburn allows 27.2 points per game while the Tide average 35 points per game and have scored 117 over their last three.
The Tigers became bowl-eligible with a 56-24 win over Idaho last week despite being outgained 479-460. Quarterback Jeremy Johnson accounted for two passing touchdowns and two more on the ground while Auburn rushed for 297 yards and five scores in total. With 13 rushing scores, running back Peyton Barber ranks No. 4 in the conference while Auburn ranks No. 3 in the SEC in rush yards (200.9) per game and have rushed for 25 scores on the ground.
The Alabama run defense ranks No. 2 in the nation (77.8 yards per game) and have allowed just six scores all season. The Tide has allowed just 42 points total over their last four games and are tied for third in scoring defense (14.5 points per game).
Start Time: 3:30 p.m.
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: CBS All Access