Picks: Alabama will beat Auburn

Making picks for Week 14's big games, including USC-UCLA, A&M-Mizzou

Updated: November 27, 2013, 10:35 AM ET
By Phil Steele | ESPN Insider

McCarronJohn David Mercer/USA TODAY SportsAJ McCarron and Alabama should win big over Auburn in this year's Iron Bowl.

Each week during the 2013 college football season I will offer up my picks and scores for the biggest games in addition to a handful of other key matchups. Week 13 is in the books and my picks went 6-3. Overall, my record now stands at 89-28 this year.

After a week that saw Baylor eliminated from the BCS Championship picture, this week offers arguably the biggest Iron Bowl in history along with four other ranked-versus-ranked matchups, including some of college football's best rivalries.


No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide at No. 4 Auburn Tigers

Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET

It may be hard to believe but the Tigers actually won six straight games in this series from 2002 through 2007, but the Crimson Tide have taken control, winning four of the past five. Last year's 49-point blowout win for the Tide marked the most lopsided Iron Bowl since 1948. It also marked the second straight year that Auburn failed to score an offensive touchdown in the matchup.

This year's game will be much more competitive thanks to the Tigers holding the label as this year's most improved team in the country. They have been fortunate in many of their games, however, with five wins by eight points or fewer, including their miracle victory against Georgia in their last outing. While the rushing attack is the SEC's best, averaging 320 yards per game, quarterback Nick Marshall is still unproven as a passer against a top-10 defense.

Phil Steele

ESPN Insider