Five storylines: The Iron Bowl
November, 22, 2012
By Alex Scarborough | ESPN Insider
AP Photo/Dave MartinAlabama will aim to create turnovers against Auburn as it did in the season's first eight games.TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- No. 2 Alabama (10-1, 6-1) is back in the title hunt after a stunning weekend of college football with upsets of Kansas State and Oregon. This Saturday, the Crimson Tide will look to avoid the same fate as they host in-state rival Auburn (3-8, 0-7) at 2:30 p.m. CT.
Here are five storylines for the game ...
1. Focus on the present, play to win: Alabama players are saying all the right things about keeping their focus on Auburn and not the matchup with Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 1. It's an easy thing to say, but harder to practice, as evidenced by the Tide's letdown against Texas A&M. Auburn isn't the talent of Texas A&M, but the Tigers still present challenges. (Remember the struggles LSU had on The Plains).
Saban vs. Meyer
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State