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Auburn at Alabama
When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 26, 2016
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Top-ranked Alabama looks to complete an undefeated regular season and move closer to capturing the No. 1 spot in the College Football Playoff rankings when it hosts bitter rival Auburn on Saturday in an SEC contest. The Crimson Tide have been a dominant squad throughout the entire season while the No. 16 Tigers may have leading rusher Kamryn Pettway back after he missed the last two games with a leg injury.

While Pettway, a junior, appears ready for the Iron Bowl, the status of sophomore quarterback Sean White (shoulder) remains in doubt and it could be senior Jeremy Johnson behind center for Auburn. "Sean White is our quarterback," Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said on a conference call. "But he has to be healthy enough to run the whole offense and needs to be healthy enough to protect himself." That certainly sounds like a good idea against an Alabama defense that ranks second nationally in total defense (252.6 yards per game) and with 40 sacks, and will be extra pumped up to see its fierce rival. "I think this is one of the greatest rivalry games in the country," Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said in a press conference. "I know it means a lot to a lot of people in this state as well as nationally. For the competitors in the game, they probably enjoy this competition, this kind of rivalry as much as any game that they play."

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Alabama -17

ABOUT AUBURN (8-3, 5-2 SEC): Having Pettway (1,106 rushing yards) back to team with sophomore Kerryon Johnson (823) gives the Tigers the arsenal to test Alabama's top-rated run defense that allows only 68.9 yards per game. White avoids mistakes with only three interceptions while passing for 1,644 yards and nine touchdowns, while Jeremy Johnson hasn't played much this season with 25 passing attempts - one being his 20th career touchdown throw. Auburn ranks seventh in scoring defense (14.3 points per game) and 18th in total defense (334.5), and the unit is receiving stellar play from junior outside linebacker Carl Lawson (team-best nine sacks) and senior cornerback Joshua Holsey (team-high three interceptions).

ABOUT ALABAMA (11-0, 7-0): The defense has been stellar and ranks second in scoring defense (11.4) with senior defensive end Jonathan Allen (seven sacks) rated a sure top-five pick in the next NFL draft. Senior outside linebacker Tim Williams leads the unit with eight sacks, senior outside linebacker Ryan Anderson has 14 1/2 tackles for losses and sophomore strong safety Minkah Fitzpatrick owns a team-best four interceptions. Alabama averages 40.3 points per game behind freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts, who has accounted for 30 touchdowns (19 passing, 11 rushing) and thrown for 2,168 yards and added 803 on the ground.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Alabama won six of the past eight meetings and holds a 44-35-1 series lead.

2. Pettway averaged 192.5 rushing yards in his last four outings, topped by a career-best 236-yard performance against Ole Miss.

3. Crimson Tide junior WR ArDarius Stewart (39 receptions) could return after a one-game absence for an unspecified team violation.

PREDICTION: Alabama 30, Auburn 17
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Auburn 8-3 W1 34.1 14.3 6-2 2-1 7-3 0-0 5-2
Alabama 11-0 W11 40.3 11.4 7-0 4-0 8-0 0-0 7-0
Last Meeting
Auburn Alabama
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/28/15 ALA 29 AUB 13 261 91 170 465 286 179
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Auburn J. Johnson 43.5 170 1 0
Alabama J. Coker 65.4 179 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Auburn J. Robinson 14 51 3.6 0
Alabama D. Henry 46 271 5.9 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Auburn J. Smith 2 82 41.0 1
Alabama C. Ridley 6 90 15.0 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Auburn J. Smith 1
Alabama D. Henry 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Auburn S. White 65.2 1644 9 3
Alabama J. Hurts 64.6 2139 18 7
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Auburn K. Pettway 173 1106 6.4 7
Alabama D. Harris 115 850 7.4 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Auburn T. Stevens 29 466 16.1 3
Alabama C. Ridley 56 647 11.6 7
Touchdowns Player TD
Auburn K. Johnson 11
Alabama J. Hurts 11
Quickchart Matchup
Auburn Auburn Off vs  Alabama Alabama Def
Auburn 473.5 yards
Alabama 253.1 yards
Auburn 5.7 yards/rush
Alabama 2.2 yards/rush
Auburn 8 yards/attempt
Alabama 5.7 yards/attempt
Alabama Alabama Off vs  Auburn Auburn Def
Alabama 477.6 yards
Auburn 334.5 yards
Alabama 5.9 yards/rush
Auburn 3.5 yards/rush
Alabama 7.9 yards/attempt
Auburn 5.9 yards/attempt