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Iron Bowl Stats

The Iron Bowl will be played on Thanksgiving weekend for the first time since 1992. Both Auburn and Alabama are coming off embarrassing losses. Two weeks ago against Georgia, the Tigers allowed 45 points, the most since Tommy Tuberville took over the program. Last week against LA-Monroe, the Crimson Tide lost 21-14 even though the Warhawks were 24 1/2-point underdogs.

Auburn and Alabama are bitter rivals. The Crimson Tide is 6-5 overall while Auburn is 7-4. The Tigers have won five straight games in the series, matching their best winning streak since 1954-58. Since 1980, with the exception of 1982, 1998, and 2003, at least one of the two teams has been ranked in the AP poll for every game. The team leading at halftime has won 73.2 percent of the time (52-of-71). In 16 of the last 19 meetings, the games have been decided by 10 points or less.

Alabama will be getting starting offensive linemen Antoine Caldwell and Marlon Davis and No. 2 rusher Glen Coffee, along with reserve defensive backs Chris Rogers and Marquis Johnson back Saturday. The players had been suspended four games each for improper receipt of textbooks.

Senior DE Quentin Groves needs one more sack to become the all-time sack leader in Auburn’s history. Groves and 16 other seniors will play at Jordan-Hare Stadium for the final time. The group needs one more victory to tie last year’s senior class for the most wins in a four-year period by Auburn with 41. The seniors will help the Tigers get another victory over the Crimson Tide.

Prediction: Auburn 17-14.

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