There is no off day for the Iron Bowl rivalry in Alabama.
Even though the Iron Bowl in Bryant-Denny Stadium is more than six months away, oddsmakers are already looking ahead and examining the Auburn and Alabama rosters.
It’s no surprise Alabama will enter the 2016 season as the favorite in the 81st meeting between the rivals, but the spread might surprise you.
Auburn is an early 18-point underdog at Alabama, according to betting lines released Friday by South Point Casino in Las Vegas. The three-touchdown betting line is one of the largest spreads in recent years for the rivalry.
Alabama has won six of the last eight Iron Bowls, including four of the last five, and has a two-game winning streak over the Tigers heading into the 2016 season.
Auburn won six straight over the Tide before Nick Saban turned things around for the Alabama faithful in 2008.
The last six winners of the Iron Bowl have advanced to the BCS National Championship or the College Football playoff, including four appearances by the Tide.