Alabama-Auburn preview with Auburn Wire’s Taylor Jones

The Iron Bowl is one of college football’s fiercest rivalries. The annual clash between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers always seems to produce some of the sport’s most memorable moments.

Although the season has been something of a disappointment for both programs, each team still has a lot to play for.

Nick Saban and The Tide are still battling for a highly unlikely playoff berth as interim head coach Cadillac Williams tries to earn the Tigers a bowl bid.

Let’s get behind enemy lines ahead of Saturday’s epic rivalry match with Auburn Wire’s Taylor Jones.

Aside from Tank Bigsby and Jarquez Hunter, who are some offensive weapons that Tide fans should know about?

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Robby Ashford has become more confident under the direction of Cadillac Williams. He ran for over 100 yards in the loss to Mississippi State three weeks ago and posted 4.1 yards per carry in last week’s win against Western Kentucky. The passing game hasn’t opened up as wide for Ashford as he would like, but he’s starting to come alive in the running game.

How do Auburn fans feel about the formation of QB Robby Ashford?

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Because of the experiment with TJ Finley earlier in the season, fans have become more patient with Ashford. Fans also like the fact that he’s more mobile than Finley. He’s no Cam Newton or Bo Nix, but he’s been warming up to Auburn fans for the past few weeks.

What about this Alabama team that you think will cause Auburn the most trouble?

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Auburn currently ranks 94th in the country in rushing yards allowed. When it comes to PFF grades, Auburn’s lowest defense category stops the run. Alabama has two NFL-caliber backs in Gibbs and McClellan that could give Auburn seizures if they don’t find a way to slow them down early.

Who will be Auburn’s next head coach?

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I believe the race has been cut down to two candidates, Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin and interim head coach Cadillac Williams. There’s been a lot of smoke associated with Kiffin’s name this week, so I think he’s got the edge right now. But if he decides not to take the job, I believe he will be offered Williams, which he will accept.

What is your final score prediction of the game?

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This has what it takes to be a close game. However, Bryant-Denny Stadium has been a thorn in Auburn’s side lately. I’ll say Alabama wins 38-21.

Story originally appeared on Roll Tide Wire