The renewal of the SEC’s premier football rivalry is determined to divide the drawl yet all yet again Saturday. The Iron Bowl — Alabama at Auburn — would possibly possibly well bask in slightly less buzz coming into the 2: 30 p.m. CT kickoff in Jordan-Hare Stadium but the tensions below no circumstances go.

No. 3 Alabama is mute battling for a attach within the playoff per week sooner than dealing with high-ranked Georgia within the SEC Championship whereas Auburn’s battling to grab a successful myth after a 3-sport skid.

Let’s snatch a stare at three stuff you’ll would prefer to study when these two get hang of together for the 86th time.

A brand new QB

Alabama had confronted Bo Nix every of the previous two seasons as Auburn’s quarterback but he’s out for the season with an ankle harm. His replacement, however, and Alabama’s defense aren’t full strangers.

T.J. Finley confronted the Crimson Tide appropriate a year within the past as LSU’s starting quarterback in Baton Rouge. He performed 14 of 28 passes for 144 yards and a landing sooner than Max Johnson changed him within the third quarter dealing with a 45-14 deficit. He had a good 43-yard landing pass to receiver Kayshon Boutte but Alabama kept him contained otherwise in a sport Alabama obtained, 55-17.

“We know he’s turning right into the next participant in a brand new gadget,” Alabama security Jordan Battle said. “We know we’ve obtained to preserve in our lag contains because he’s a cell man, and he can lengthen performs and snatch his eyes downfield whereas he’s rushing. We’re in reality going to need to lock on our man.”

Special groups

Someone with any history in this drawl knows the characteristic special groups bask in performed in Iron Bowls. Auburn shall be with out Anders Carlson who made self-discipline needs of 43, 52 and 44 yards the last time they performed in Jordan-Hare but a torn ACL ended his season two weeks within the past.

Ben Patton takes his attach last week at South Carolina, making two PATs and a 37-yard self-discipline fair sooner than lacking from 25 yards within the fourth quarter. Alabama’s Will Reichard is 12-for-16 kicking self-discipline needs with finest one miss inside 40 yards. Slit Saban said he used to be impressed with Tiger punter Oscar Chapman whose 45.3-yard realistic ranks 21st nationally. Alabama’s obtained the nation’s third-lowest punting realistic at 37.4 yards and its high punt returner, JoJo Earle, is injured.

Kickoff returner Jameson Williams would possibly be an misfortune for Auburn since he returned two of the nine makes an strive for touchdowns with a median of 37.4 yards a pop. Teams bask in been kicking away from Williams but he’s always a threat

Matchup to study

For Auburn to grab scuttle, this can need to slack Bryce Young and the Alabama passing attack that’s coming off a historical efficiency. The Alabama sophomore threw for a college-myth 559 yards — breaking a 52-year-old vogue designate by 75 yards — in a purchase over Arkansas.

The Tigers enter with the nation’s No. 78 pass defense, allowing 235.9 yards a sport. It surrendered 415 yards two weeks within the past to Mississippi Deliver’s high-powered passing attack on a day it lost a 28-3 lead.

Alabama’s relied draw more on its eighth-ranked passing sport with a ground sport that’s 72nd nationally after losing two abet up working backs to season-ending accidents. The combination of Young to Williams and John Metchie has been the main to powering an offense that’s scoring 44 functions a sport.

Michael Casagrande is a reporter for the Alabama Media Community. Apply him on Twitter @ByCasagrande or on Facebook.

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