Staff Predictions for the 2016 Iron Bowl
Alabama and Auburn will meet for the 69th consecutive time on Saturday as the Crimson Tide looks to close out an undefeated regular season for just the 8th time in the past 50 seasons.
Nick Saban has won six of the past eight matchups in this series, but Alabama hasn't claimed three straight victories since 1990-92. Oddsmakers made the country's No. 1 team an 18-point favorite in the 2016 Iron Bowl so that may all change this weekend.
What will the final score be on Saturday night? We asked our staff to give us their predictions.
Martin Houston, Host of The Morning Blitz
Well it's Iron Bowl Week! This game has included a national championship contender since 2008. Alabama has been the gold standard and come in with a 23-game win streak and an opportunity to complete the perfect regular season. The last time the Tide found themselves in this position they had their season and opportunity for a 3-peat National Championship run dashed on the run by Chris Davis on a Kick 6 miracle. Don't look for this miracle to repeat itself. The Tide will complete a 3-peat this time around by giving Nick Saban his first 3-game win streak over the Tigers. A beat up Auburn team leaves Bryant-Denny with their tail between their legs after a beat down in T-Town. It could be in the line of a 42-0 spanking if Alabama plays mistake free, but I'll go a little closer. Alabama 31, Auburn 6
Wimp Sanderson, Co-Host of Inside the Locker Room
Bama will control both sides of the ball. Injuries will prove to much to keep this one close. Alabama 31, Auburn 10
Barry Sanderson, Co-Host of Inside the Locker Room
Look for Bama to bounce back after a lackluster performance last week. I look for Jeremy Johnson to have some success early but Bama will cause turnovers late to pull away. Alabama 34, Auburn 19
Gary Harris, Host of The Gary Harris Show
Alabama has not beaten Auburn three years in a row since Gene Stallings was the head coach. That will change on Saturday. This is a good Auburn football team but Alabama is a great football team and the Tide will prove it again against the Tigers. Bama will wear down Auburn over four quarters. Alabama 28, Auburn 6
Travis Reier, Host of Southern Fried Sports
That's right, the same as the outcome of last year's Iron Bowl. If you like field goal kickers and punters, I get the feeling this might be your game. If anything, I may be going a little high on the total point production for the two teams. Alabama 29, Auburn 13
Aaron Suttles, Host of The Suttles Approach
Auburn's defensive line is legit, but holding up for four quarters could be an issue without some help from its offense. Alabama eventually wears the Tigers down and pulls away for the win. Alabama 30, Auburn 10
Ryan Fowler, Host of The Game
Ben George, Digital Managing Editor
I'm getting the feeling this could be a pretty low-scoring Iron Bowl. Auburn's injuries on offense and uncertainty at quarterback paired with the challenge of facing Alabama's defense should make touchdowns hard to come by. On the other side, the Crimson Tide will face a talented defensive front for the Tigers, which should cause a lot of problems for Lane Kiffin's offense. But the better team doesn't lose too often in this series. Alabama 24, Auburn 10
James Hardy, Producer
While Auburn played impressively on defense against the rush, Alabama will stifle an inconsistent Tigers offense and produce enough offense to put a crimson and white bow on a perfect regular season. Alabama 31, Auburn 13
Thomas Paradiso, Producer
Well this is it, ladies and gentlemen. The Iron Bowl is finally upon us. While this game has no impact on the SEC Championship, this game has bragging rights for both sides on the line. Alabama's offense must avoid the slow start that happened against Chattanooga and must be ready to face Auburn's defense, as well as be prepared for Auburn's strong running game. This game has always had its surprises, so be prepared Alabama fans, this one could be a doozy. But I believe Alabama will avoid the craziness and win the Iron Bowl. Alabama 30, Auburn 10