That Chestnut Tigers (5-6, 2-5 SEC) will face the No. 7 in Tuscaloosa Alabama Crimson Tide (9-2, 5-2) for the latest edition of Iron Bowl Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS). Below we analyze the lines of Tipico Sportsbook around the Auburn vs Alabama Oddsand do our college football picks and predictions from the experts.
When it comes to the Iron Bowl, you throw away the records. Hailed as one of college football’s greatest rivalries, Auburn and Alabama are looking to forget the other, especially during this one week of the year.
In 2021, Auburn nearly knocked Alabama out of a playoff spot but came up short with a 4-overtime and a 24-22 loss. Most remember the “Kick 6” in 2013, when Auburn CB Chris Davis returned a missed 57-yard field goal attempt by Alabama for a touchdown in the final game of a 34-28 Tigers win. Davis caught the ball in front of the goalpost, but it was awarded a 100-yard return under NCAA rules. This game is always controversial and rarely disappoints viewers.
On Saturday, Alabama hopes to keep its slim playoff chance alive. While the Tide ranks 7th in the AFCA Coaches’ Poll, operated by USA TODAY sports, they also rank 7th in the College Football Playoffs rankings. You have to skip 3 teams to get into the desired top 4 for the playoffs.
Auburn is looking to land one for caretaker coach – former player and fan favorite – Cadillac Williams, who switched from running backs coach to the position when Bryan Harsin was fired in late October after a 3-5 start. Williams has brought the Tigers a sense of confidence and determination that has been badly lacking in recent years. Unfortunately for Auburn fans, that confidence may not be enough against Alabama, as the Tigers defeated several offensive players and a defense that has struggled all season.
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Auburn to Alabama odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; For a full list, visit the USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Hub. The lines were last updated at 1:52 p.m. ET on Friday.
- Money line (ML): Auburn +950 (bet $100 to win $950) | Alabama -2000 (bet $2,000 to win $100)
- Against the Spread (ATS): Maroon +22.5 (-110) | Alabama -22.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 49.5 (O: -111 | B: -109)
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Selection and Predictions of Auburn in Alabama
Alabama 33, Auburn 26
Alabama (-2000) is a far too expensive ML favorite to bet on. Auburn (+950) is excellent value and I’m willing to bet $10 on it for fun – it would net $95 – but it’s unlikely to beat. The wiser bets in this game would be on the spread or the total.
against the spread
BET CARBONNES +22.5 (- 110).
No matter how good or bad these teams are, this game is a challenge. It leads to pride in the state and both teams want to beat each other.
In 2021, the Tigers, as a 20.5-point underdog, took eventual national runners-up Crimson Tide into 4 overtime before a decision not to seek a 2-point conversion cost the Tigers a chance to win.
While this game might not be as exciting as 2021, Auburn will play hard for coach Williams and keep this game closer than the pundits think. CARBONS +22.5 (- 110) is my FAVOURITE GAME in this duel.
BET OVER 49.5 (-111)
In 3 of the last 5 head-to-head matches that total would have scored. Last season’s 24-22 game is 1 of 2 that wouldn’t happen despite 4 overtimes.
But both teams are different this season. Alabama’s normally strong defense is lacking grit this season, and Auburn is also lacking a strong defense due to poor recruitment and injury.
QB Bryce Young and DE Will Anderson, both juniors, are probably playing their last game in Alabama. Without a playoff berth, it’s possible for both to sit out a bowl game. While not seniors, both will want to star at their final dances in Tuscaloosa in front of home fans.
Alabama, scoring in the 30s-40s, isn’t ruled out. Auburn is less certain of scoring, but given the emotion in this game, I expect the Tigers will be able to keep up for a while.
give me OVER 49.5 (- 111) to meet in this one.
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