How to watch Auburn at Alabama on CBS: Live stream, TV channel, game time The Iron Bowl kicks off Saturday at 3:30 p.m. as the SEC on CBS Game of the Week
The Iron Bowl will not determine the SEC West champion — Alabama has already clinched that — but there is plenty at stake in Tuscaloosa on Saturday when Auburn rolls into town.
The Tide will be looking to wrap up an undefeated regular season and maintain their No. 1 spot in the College Football Playoff Rankings. Auburn, with a win, would not only spoil Alabama’s undefeated season but also set itself up for a Sugar Bowl appearance as the highest-ranked SEC team not in the College Football Playoff — assuming Alabama would go on to beat Florida in the title game and stay in the top four.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 26
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Bryant-Denny Stadium — Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Live stream (computer): CBSSports.com (Simulcast and All-22 feed)
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Alabama: The Tide’s run defense has dominated every step of the way this season, not allowing more than 114 yards in a single game and an average of just under 69 yards per game. However, Auburn’s rushing attack is a unique challenge that Alabama has not seen at the level the Tigers execute at.
LSU was the toughest test to this point, but that was a heavy-set, I-formation rushing game that we know doesn’t work against Alabama. Auburn’s had some success in the past against Alabama with a dynamic option attack that attacks downhill but causes gap confusion.
This Tide’s defense is as good as we’ve ever seen against the run, though, and if they take what former defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and Georgia did to the Tigers’ rushing attack and put it into effect with their players, it is going to be a long day for Auburn’s offense.
Auburn: Getting running back Kamryn Pettway healthy is going to be a boost for the Auburn offense, but whichever quarterback starts — Malzahn has not named his starter yet — is going to have to produce some kind of big plays through the air. Relying entirely on a rushing attack against Alabama is about as sure a way to ensure a loss as there is. The passing attack must be a legitimate threat in this game, and to beat Alabama, the Tigers are going to have to find big chunk plays over the top.
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Players to watch
Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama: Please watch No. 93 in this game. He’s as good a player as there is in the country and what he does, moving inside and outside on the defensive line, is awe-inspiring. Allen is as good as there is at disrupting plays in the backfield, and he’ll be targeting the mesh point of that Auburn option game all night looking to create negative plays.
Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn: On the other side, Auburn has their own disruptive force on the inside. Carl Lawson (rightfully) gets talked about on the Tigers’ defensive line, but Adams is a beast at tackle that can absolutely blow up plays. He needs to be huge at the point of attack against Alabama’s run game and get push in the middle to keep Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts from sliding up when Lawson gets pressure off the edge.
Matchup to watch
Alabama linebackers vs. Auburn option: I mentioned this ahead of Auburn-Georgia that the Bulldogs’ linebackers had to have great eye discipline and gap integrity against the Tigers, and they did that. The same thing is key for Alabama, which has some fantastic linebacker play, led by Reuben Foster. If Alabama’s defensive line — which is the best in the country — does its job in keeping the linebackers clean, the Tide’s linebackers will be able to flow to the ball carriers. So long as they don’t blow assignments and leave room on the edges, the Tide should slow down this Auburn running game.