Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and the rest of the “GameDay” crew will be in Tuscaloosa, Ala., this week to preview the Iron Bowl for only the eighth time in the show’s history.
The game clearly has national championship implications for the Crimson Tide (7-0, 7-0 SEC), who want not only to avenge last year’s 48-45 loss to the Tigers — one that included two pick-sixes from Mac Jones — but also to remain on the inside track to make the College Football Playoff. Steve Sarkisian’s offense, led by Jones, DeVonta Smith and Najee Harris, remain a finely tuned machine in 2020, ranking third nationally in points per game (49.4), sixth in yards per game (548.6) and third in passing yards per game (366.1).
The defense has improved this season, as well; Alabama gave up a combined 20 points in its last three outings, including a shutout vs. Mississippi State and just a field goal surrendered against Kentucky.
Auburn (5-2, 5-2 SEC) is a heavy underdog heading into this matchup, but when has that ever mattered in the Iron Bowl? The Tigers will likely look to use several packages and gadget plays to confuse Alabama’s defense on Saturday. To that end, look for quarterback Bo Nix, Seth Williams, Anthony Schwartz, Eli Stove and Tank Bigsby to throw anything and everything at the Tide. Is a defense that has given up 22 points and more than 400 yards per game going to be able to stop Alabama’s offense?
We can’t wait to find out. Here’s everything you need to know about “College GameDay” as it visits Tuscaloosa, Ala.:
Where is ‘College GameDay’ location for Week 13?
- Location: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
- Matchup: No. 22 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama
This week’s “GameDay” matchup will be the second for Alabama and Auburn this season. Both teams were pitted against Georgia: The Tigers lost 27-6 to the Bulldogs in Athens, Ga., while the Tide beat them 41-24 at home.
Alabama will make its 49th overall appearance on the show, going 31-17 in its previous 48 matchups. That includes a 6-8 home record, however. Auburn, meanwhile, will make its 22nd appearance, having gone 10-11 all-time prior to Saturday’s matchup. That includes a 1-5 road record, including 0-1 record at Alabama (a 55-44 loss in 2014).
In all, Alabama holds a 4-3 edge over the Tigers when the Iron Bowl is the featured “GameDay” matchup.
‘College GameDay’ schedule on ESPN
- TV channel: ESPN
- Start time: 9 a.m. ET
The “College GameDay” crew of Davis, Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack will preview Week 13’s college football action live from Tuscaloosa, Ala. Corso, whose health is at greater risk should he contract COVID-19, has to this point set up a remote office in his home.
The game will be broadcast on CBS, with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m. ET.
It’s uncertain where “GameDay” will head for Week 14. Ohio State-Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., Texas A&M-Auburn in Auburn, Ala. and Florida-Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., are all viable options. But it’s also possible the crew heads to Conway, S.C., to look at Liberty-Coastal Carolina; the Flames suffered their first loss of the season against N.C. State, but remain one of the top non-Power 5 teams in the country. The Chanticleers, meanwhile, remained unbeaten after a hard-fought win against Appalachian State.
|Week||Matchup||Location||Guest Picker||Corso’s Headgear||Outcome|
|2||No. 1 Clemson at Wake Forest||Winston-Salem, N.C.||Chris Paul||Tigers||Clemson 37 , Wake Forest 13|
|3||No. 17 Miami at No. 18 Louisville||Louisville, Ky.||Bill Murray||Hurricanes||Miami 47 , Louisville 34|
|4||Florida State at No. 12 Miami||Coral Gables, Fla.||Stugotz||Hurricanes||Miami 52, Florida State 10|
|5||No. 7 Auburn at No. 4 Georgia||Athens, Ga.||Omari Hardwick||Bulldogs||Georgia 27, Auburn 6|
|6||No. 7 Miami at No. 1 Clemson||Clemson, S.C.||Alex Rodriguez||Tigers||Clemson 42, Miami 17|
|7||No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama||Tuscaloosa, Ala.||Derrick Henry||Crimson Tide||Alabama 41, Georgia 24|
|8||No. 18 Michigan at No. 21 Minnesota||Minneapolis||Vince Vaughn||Wolverines||Michigan 49, Minnesota 24|
|9||No. 3 Ohio State at No. 18 Penn State||University Park, Pa.||Trace McSorley||Buckeyes||Ohio State 38, Penn State 25|
|10||No. 1 Clemson at No. 4 Notre Dame||South Bend, Ind.||Chase Claypool||Fighting Irish||Notre Dame 47, Clemson 40|
|11||The Masters||Augusta, Ga.||Jack Nicklaus||Brooks Koepka||Dustin Johnson|
|12||No. 14 Oklahoma State at No. 18 Oklahoma||Norman, Okla.||Trae Young||Sooners||Oklahoma 41, Oklahoma State 13|
|13||No. 22 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama||Tuscaloosa, Ala.||Joe Namath||TBD||TBD|
Who is the guest picker on ‘College GameDay’ for Week 13?
“GameDay” has announced legendary Alabama quarterback Joe Namath as its guest picker.
The eventual Pro Football Hall of Famer completed 203 of 374 passes for 2,713 yards and 24 touchdowns to 20 interceptions while leading the Tide to a 29-4 record from 1962-64, including a consensus national championship in 1964. More importantly, he went 2-1 vs. Auburn. Namath was the No. 1 overall pick by the AFL’s New York Jets.
Auburn at Alabama odds
Alabama is considered a 23 1/2-point favorite over visiting Auburn. Sporting News’ Bill Bender picks Alabama to win 43-21.