Auburn, Alabama clash in Iron Bowl #8 Auburn (10-1) vs. #4 Alabama (9-1) Location: Bryant-Denny Stadium 92,138 (12-0) Weather: 25% chance of rain. T.V. : Blacked out request. (Black out lifted) Live @ 9:00 PM PST www.justin.tv/jfosh Line: Alabama -4 The Iron Bowl needs no added incentive but it has one this year. Alabama was upended @ Auburn last season for the Tide's only loss of 2009. Alabama and Auburn each enter the contest with 1 loss. Alabama lost at Tennessee in a bruising battle but have rebounded and won 3 in a row. Last and most noteably was a win in Death Valley against rival LSU. Auburn fell against LSU at home but protected their house in a stunner against Georgia. Both teams are in the thick of the National title race and a win here puts them into the SEC championship game. A win there and it most definitely puts them BCS championship bound. Column 1 By the numbers Aub Ala Points Per Game 50.7 (#1) 42.0 (#7) Total Off 5820 (#1) 4501 (#17) Rush Off 2321 (#1) 1867 (#11) Pass Off 3499 (#4) 2634 (#31) Total Def 4375 (#113) 3173 (#40) Rush Def 1477 (#101) 878 (#11) Pass Def 2898 (#111) 2295 (#58) Turnover Diff 18 (#1) 14 (#5) * Auburn, far & away is the nations leader in take aways with 44. But have 26 give aways of their own. Sr. MLB Josh Byrnes has 9 interceptions putting him atop the NCAA. Byrnes has scored 3 defensive touchdowns. * Auburn leads the nation in sacks with 41. RE Sr. Michael Googans has 17 of those sacks and 28 TFLs. These totals put him at #2 in both catagories. * Alabama is #2 in recovered fumbles with 11. * Auburn & Alabama are #1 and #2 in rushing TD's with 32 & 31 respectively. Auburn has dividided up the rushing duties with 3 players with 130+ carries. Sr. HB Mario Fannin Sr QB Kodi Burns, and the Tiger Favorite true Freshman Xavier Barnes. Barnes averages an eye popping 5.7 yards per carry. The Tide will feature Jr. HB Mark Ingram the nations leader in rushing TD's with 23. Backup HB Sr. Terry Grant will be used to spell Ingram. * Barnes and Ingram can both break the big one, they are tied with 12 rushes each over 20 yards leading the nation in that stat. * Ingram last fumbled occured in these teams meeting a year ago at Auburn. * Alabama welcomes the return of Sr. QB Greg McElroy. McElroy is back after nursing a strained pectoral muscle for 4 weeks. Mcelroy leads the nation in passing effiency with a 203.5 rating. * Auburn QB Kodi Burns is 2nd in the SEC with 2716 passing yards. He has 20 TD's and 17 picks. * Auburn's pass catchers are deep but dont look for Burns to connect with favorite Jr. Harry Adams. Adams is side lined for 6 weeks with an injury in the LSU game. Although Adams cant add to his 55 receptions Burns will use the Tigers running backs who have combined for 50 catches as a group. * Alabama's favorite WR Jr. Julio Jones leads the SEC with 998 yards and is tied for the lead in TD catches with 8. Jones also leads the nation in yards per catch at 23.7. * Auburn has given up 40+ points in 3 of its last 4 games. But is scoring 51 points a game in the same stretch. *LSU's Jr WR Terrance Toliver leads the nation with 15 drops.............. GO BAMA!!!!