For the second time in five years, the annual Auburn-Alabama matchup — the Iron Bowl — carries even more weight than the normal in-state bragging rights. Gus Malzahn’s Tigers and Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide will square off Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium for the SEC West title.
No. 1 Alabama (11-0, 7-0 SEC) has rolled through its regular season in dominant fashion without much of a hiccup. No. 6 Auburn (9-2, 6-1 SEC) has clawed back from two close but ugly losses in college football’s Death Valleys to stay in championship contention behind elite defense and explosive, balanced offense.
Auburn will enter the Iron Bowl with a top-notch starting quarterback in Jarrett Stidham and a possible Heisman contender in running back Kerryon Johnson. Alabama will counter with superstar sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts, a stable of elite running backs and do-it-all receiver Calvin Ridley. The defenses are also star-studded, which should make this rivalry meeting one of the best in recent memory.
Here is everything you need to know for the 2017 Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama — the game that will determine who will face Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 2.
Auburn-Alabama football game time, details
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT
Date: Saturday, November 25
Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.
Line: Alabama by 4
What TV channel is Auburn-Alabama football on?
CBS is broadcasting the Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama.
Who is calling the Auburn-Alabama football game?
Brad Nessler is the play-by-play announcer, Gary Danielson is the color commentator and Allie LaForce is the sideline reporter for the Auburn-Alabama game on CBS.
How can I watch Auburn-Alabama football online?
You can stream the Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama on the SEC on CBS website.
How can I listen to Auburn-Alabama football on the radio?
You can listen to the Auburn Sports Network call of the Auburn and Alabama Iron Bowl game with Rod Bramblett, Stan White and Ronnie Brown. Locally in Auburn, the broadcast is on 93.9 FM. The Auburn Sports Network also offers a stream on AuburnTigers.com and the TuneIn app.
Auburn-Alabama Iron Bowl preview
- Strong teams vs. Saban: Nick Saban has never beaten an Auburn team that has at least 9 wins entering the Iron Bowl in his Alabama coaching career, losing both previous times (2010 and 2013).
- Top-10 throwdowns: Auburn is 4-3 all-time against Alabama when both teams are inside the AP top 10, with the Tigers taking the last two (2010 and 2013). Auburn’s other two wins came in 1963 and 1972 — the latter known as the famous “Punt, Bama, Punt” game.
- All about that balance: Auburn, Ohio State, Louisville are the only three Power 5 teams in college football who are averaging at least 220 passing yards and 220 rushing yards per game.
- Big plays galore: Auburn leads the nation, alongside Arizona, with 27 plays of 40-plus yards this season. Auburn only put up 19 such plays in the entire 2016 season.