Alabama vs Auburn; tale of the tape

By Randy Belk
Nov. 23, 2016

Sixteenth ranked Auburn will try to end a two game losing streak against Alabama in the Iron Bowl. Auburn has lost four out of the last five in the series and is 3-6 against Nick Saban since he has been at Alabama. For the sixth year in a row Alabama has come into the Iron Bowl with a good shot at a national title. This will be the eighth time in nine years that Alabama enters the Iron Bowl with a great shot at a national title. Only the 2010 season did Alabama enter the Iron Bowl without a chance to win the national championship. This will be the ninth straight season where the Iron Bowl has national championship implications as Auburn went on to win the national title in 2010 in the one year where Alabama had been eliminated from national title contention before the Iron Bowl. 

Alabama enters this game with an advantage in talent. According to 247 Sports Alabama has the top ranked complete roster in college football. Alabama has 16 five stars, 44 four stars and 21 three star players.

Auburn enters this game with the seventh best roster in college football. Auburn has 6 five stars, 40 four stars and 32 three star players.

I don't see any major changes to Alabama's projected starting lineup for the Auburn game. Nick Saban reported yesterday that all of those injured in the Chattanooga game were expected back at practice today and should be ready for game time. Coach Saban also commented on the status of ArDarius Stewart who was suspended last week for breaking team rules saying he would play this week if he does the things he is supposed to do. 

For Auburn, coach Gus Malzahn reported in his press conference that he is not sure if Sean White will be able to play yet. He did announce that Kamyrn Pettway will play this Saturday. Below is the projected starting lineup for Auburn.

Alabama's projected lineup averages 4.36 stars and an average player rating of 95.35. Auburn's projected lineup averages 4.00 stars and an average player rating of 93.31.