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College Football Betting Preview: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Auburn Tigers

November 25, 2023

The 2023 Iron Bowl will take place on Saturday afternoon in week 13 of the college football season when the 8th-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide travel to face the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium with the game scheduled to start at 3:30 PM ET and will air on CBS.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are still in the college football playoff hunt, however, they will need to win this game and the SEC Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs to have a realistic chance of making the playoffs. Alabama enters this game on a nine-game winning streak following their loss against the Texas Longhorns in week 2 at home and is coming off a 66-10 win at home against the Chattanooga Mocs last week. Jalen Milroe looked abysmal at the beginning of the season, however, he has shown that he is one of the better quarterbacks in college football for the majority of the season as he enters this game having completed 142 of 214 attempts for 2,267 yards with 19 touchdowns and six interceptions while rushing for 332 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Crimson Tide will be looking to make it four straight wins in the Iron Bowl when they travel to face the Auburn Tigers.

Auburn has shown a lot of improvement in year one under head coach, Hugh Freeze, as they will be going to a bowl game after not becoming bowl-eligible last season. The Tigers enter this game with a record of 6-5, however, they are coming off an embarrassing loss at home against the New Mexico State Aggies by a score of 10-31 which was also the 2nd most points their defense has allowed this season outside of the LSU game in which they allowed 48 points. New Mexico State almost had double the amount of offensive yards as Auburn as Auburn only has 209 total yards offensively while New Mexico State had 414. The Tigers will be looking to avoid a two-game losing streak and a 4th straight loss in the Iron Bowl in week 13 of the college football season.

BookMaker has the Alabama Crimson Tide listed as 14.5-point favorites on the road against the Auburn Tigers on Saturday afternoon in week 13 of the college football season. Alabama has won seven of the last ten including the previous three meetings. The Tigers are 5-4-1 ATS in the last ten while both teams are 1-1-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Alabama Crimson Tide are 8-3 ATS overall, 3-1 ATS on the road, 8-3 ATS as a favorite, and 6-1 ATS in conference games this season while the Auburn Tigers are 5-6 ATS overall, 3-3 ATS at home, 2-3 ATS as an underdog, and 4-3 ATS in conference games on the year.

Alabama is the superior team in terms of talent and has been the better team in the series as they have won seven of the last ten including three games in a row. The Crimson Tide are the best team in the SEC at covering the spread as they are 8-3 ATS overall and 6-1 ATS in conference games while the Tigers are 5-6 ATS overall and 4-3 ATS in conference games which is why I am buying the .5 point and laying the points with the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2023 Iron Bowl.

Spooky Express Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide -14