No. 1 Alabama and No. 22 Auburn are set to face off in one of the most unusual Iron Bowls in recent memory.
The top-ranked Tide, in position to secure yet another SEC West title and the top contender for the College Football Playoff, will be without coach Nick Saban after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. That means former USC and Washington coach Steve Sarkisian will be in charge of head coaching duties while Saban watches at home. Saban assuredly has his team prepared to play without his absence, but how much will that affect the way the game plays out?
Auburn might not head into this game at full strength, either. Senior linebacker K.J. Britt and a trio of offensive starters — running back Tank Bigsby and tackles Brodarious Hamm and Alec Jackson — are questionable with various injuries. That doesn’t bode well for the Tigers’ offense, which will need to put up a lot of points to keep up with Alabama’s three-headed offensive monster of quarterback Mac Jones, running back Najee Harris and receiver DeVonta Smith.
The question is whether Alabama’s defense, which has improved over the last three games, will be able to keep the Tigers, led by Bo Nix, out of the end zone. They were unable in 2019, resulting in a 48-45 loss.
Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Alabama vs. Auburn. Follow below for complete results from the 2020 Iron Bowl.
Alabama vs. Auburn score
Alabama vs. Auburn live updates, highlights from 2020 Iron Bowl
First quarter: Alabama 7, Auburn 0
All times ET
4:05 p.m.: Nix scrambles on third-and-6 nd gets the first down out to the 32.
4:02 p.m.: Auburn to take over at its 19-yard line.
4 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA. Two plays later, Jones fines a wide-open DeVonta Smith for a 66-yard touchdown. That makes it 7-0 Alabama with 5:10 left in the first quarter.
3:57 p.m.: Jones fines Jahleel Billingsley for 9 yards and the Tide’s first first down of the game at its 34-yard line.
3:53 p.m.: Nix tries to hit Seth Williams but widely overshoots him with Josh Jobe in coverage. Tigers punting from their 38 this time, with Alabama taking over at its 22.
3:51 p.m.: Tigers are already breaking out the trick plays. Eli Stove goes for an 11-yard gain on the reverse. On the next play, a trio of Bama linemen get a shot on Nix for a 2-yard sack.
3:50 p.m.: Auburn converts on third-and-11 with Nix connecting with tight end John Samuel Shenker for a 12-yard gain out to the 22.
3:46 p.m.: Auburn takes over at its 10 after Alabama’s three-and-out. Defense winning early.
3:45 p.m.: Mac Jones overthrows Slade Bolden, double-covered by two Auburn defenders. Early case of the yips?
3:45 p.m.: Alabama converts on third-and-10 but an illegal formation offsets the conversion. Bama facing third-and-15 from its 39.
3:41 p.m.: Alabama’s Chris Allen sacks Bo Nix on the first pass of the game. That makes it fourth-and-7 Auburn at its 11; DeVonta Smith fields the short punt and returns it to the Auburn 34.
3:39 p.m.: Auburn wins the coin toss and elects to receive the kick. Here we go.
Alabama vs. Auburn start time
- Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
- TV channel: CBS
- Live stream: CBS All Access, fuboTV
Alabama vs. Auburn will be broadcast live on CBS starting at 3:30 p.m. ET. Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson will call the game from the booth with Jamie Erdahl serving as the sideline reporter.
Alabama football schedule 2020
|4||Sept. 26||Alabama 38, Missouri 19|
|5||Oct. 3||Alabama 52, Texas A&M 24|
|6||Oct. 10||Alabama 63, Ole Miss 48|
|7||Oct. 17||Alabama 41, Georgia 24|
|8||Oct. 24||Alabama 48, Tennessee 17|
|9||Oct. 31||Alabama 41, Mississippi State 0|
|12||Nov. 21||Alabama 63, Kentucky 3|
|13||Nov. 28||vs. Auburn|
|14||Dec. 5||vs. LSU*|
|15||Dec. 12||at Arkansas*|
Auburn football schedule 2020
|4||Sept. 26||Auburn 29, Kentucky 13|
|5||Oct. 3||Georgia 27, Auburn 6|
|6||Oct. 10||Auburn 30, Arkansas 28|
|7||Oct. 17||South Carolina 30, Auburn 22|
|8||Oct. 24||Auburn 35, Ole Miss 28|
|9||Oct. 31||Auburn 48, LSU 11|
|12||Nov. 21||Auburn 30, Tennessee 17|
|13||Nov. 21||at Alabama|
|14||Dec. 5||at Texas A&M|
|15||Dec. 12||at Mississippi State|