Iron Bowl Preview: Alabama-Auburn Rivalry Has Deep Roots
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
The previous four winners of the Iron Bowl -- the annual slugfest between Alabama and Auburn -- have gone on to win the BCS National Championship. And yes, this is a slugfest, both on and off the field. The schools are separated by just 160 miles, and remember, it was a malicious 'Bama fan that poisoned the iconic War Eagle tree.
This year's tilt features top-ranked and undefeated Alabama, along with its Heisman hopeful quarterback AJ McCarron. Nick Saban's crew is going for his third straight title and fourth in five years. A classic drop-back passer with an NFL arm, McCarron has thrown a mere five interceptions this season. He's not flashy, but the guy is a proven winner who doesn't shy away from pressure moments. And, whenever the passing game turns sour -- however rare that may be -- 'Bama has a dominant running back to hand the ball to in super sophomore T.J. Yeldon. All in all, the Tide average a staggering 40 points per game.
For the Tigers, look out for a high-paced offe
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