No. 16 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama: Alabama has already earned a spot in the SEC title game against Florida on December 3, but that doesn't take much away from a terrific rivalry. They are the only unbeaten team of any effect left as other would be undefeated teams fell by the wayside.
The Crimson Tide focused on fundamentals and corrections following Saturday's 31-3 win over Chattanooga. "When he grabs that handoff, you better know you better buckle your chinstrap, because he's coming full head of steam".
"Bo could have played in the last game". No coach has won that many games while leading a No. 1 team. Auburn's loss to Georgia two weeks ago diminished the big-picture stakes somewhat.
With Ohio State and MI squaring off this week in Columbus, Ohio, there is bound to be a shakeup in next week's rankings.
Alabama is still undefeated and will remain so after this week. But things quickly turned around for the underdogs, as the Tigers' special teams blocked not one, but two Tide punts and returned them both for touchdowns.
The status of quarterback Sean White remains uncertain with a right, throwing shoulder injury. True freshman Jalen Hurts took over the starting job after the opener and has emerged as one of the SEC's top quarterbacks.
That's for folks outside the team to talk about, mostly. "We are hoping that will be the case".
From forcing Deshaun Watson to stay in the pocket and throw while running for just 21 yards in the season opener, to allowing Texas A&M's Trevor Knight 42 yards on 12 carries, Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald 61 yards on 17 carries and Chad Kelly 40 yards on 11 carries while passing for 465. The annual Iron Bowl is one of college football's top rivalry games and has seen its share of clutch performances and game-changing plays in recent years. Auburn has to be able to establish its ground game early or let White throw more to loosen up the Alabama defense. Some quarterbacks we want to keep in the pocket because he's unsafe with his legs and he can make throws on the run.
Alabama's approach this week when preparing for whomever Auburn will use Saturday has been simple: do your job, and it doesn't matter who they use. Then, if you answer that question as yes, then you go to what guy gives your team the best chance of winning and being successful. He said both will play.
The top four teams stayed unchanged from last week, as Alabama was followed by No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 MI and No. 4 Clemson. Ohio State's Pat Elflein and Washington State's Cody O'Connell of Washington State are the other finalists.
Kerryon Johnson is arguably Auburn's most talented skill position player, and he was clearly the most talented one the Tigers had dressed on Saturday. Alabama announced Monday it will face Duke in the 2019 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.
Alabama's projected lineup averages 4.36 stars and an average player rating of 95.35.
"Definitely look forward to that challenge".
"It's the best defense in college football", Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. LSU's Kendall Beckwith, Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham, Florida's Jarrad Davis, and Iowa's Josey Jewell are the other finalists. None of those three Tiger signal callers are great, but have the physical tools to potentially thwart the Alabama defense.
Special reports also were included in this story.