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In the five games he played during that span, Pettway was held under 100 yards just once - 61 in Auburn's dizzying 18-13 win over LSU.

"We've not made that call yet", Malzahn said Wednesday on the SEC media teleconference.

You know Nick Saban is seeking to be the first one to go 15-0, so how sweet it would be for Auburn to be the one who prevented that from happening? The offense responded positively, showing a better overall rhythm and direction under Lashlee's watch.

Alabama enters this game with an advantage in talent. No coach has won that many games while leading a No. 1 team.

The Crimson Tide also has a combined 40 sacks as a team this season, which ranks second behind only Florida State with 41.

In the interest in preventing anymore division, this top ten list is broken up into two separate top fives: a list of the five best Crimson Tide victories and a list of the Tigers' best five wins. The all time series between the two teams is fairly even at 44-35-1 in favor of the Crimson Tide, now on a two-game winning streak. Only the 2010 season did Alabama enter the Iron Bowl without a chance to win the national championship. "I know they have the three quarterbacks that kind of all specialize in something different". Alabama allows a hair under 69 rushing yards per game, by far the best mark in the nation. He didn't play at all last week as Johnson and John Franklin III took over. Johnson was effective in only his third game this season, completing 14 of 19 passes for 147 yards in the 55-0 rout. Johnson is mobile, but he's not as dynamic on the ground as Franklin.

Auburn linebacker Tre' Williams notices the "pro style" element of Alabama's offense despite the Tide struggling to run the ball inside at times this season.

But who's going to be ready at quarterback when Auburn plays at Alabama on Saturday?

Since the two teams began facing each other consistently, the Iron Bowl has been decided by three points or fewer 11 times, according to Winsipedia.

"That'll be one of the keys for us defensively, is just containing him". The Tigers' play was a designed pitch to running back Brent Fullwood, but Heisman Trophy victor Bo Jackson ran to the wrong end of the formation, allowing the Tide to easily make the tackle and seal the victory.

In six meetings with the Tigers, that number has jumped to almost 150 per game, with Auburn rushing for at least 78 yards every time out and over 100 in four of six tries. He did announce that Kamyrn Pettway will play this Saturday. “Theyve got several very good pass rushers. Consider this: No team has rushed for more than 115 yards against the Crimson Tide in 2016. The Tigers are averaging 297.8 yards on the ground with a league-best 32 rushing touchdowns.

While Alabama appeared in control much of the first half, a back-and-forth second half turned the Tide on its head and eventually led to final-second 57-yard field goal attempt by current senior kicker Adam Griffith with the game tied at 28-all.

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Pettway is tough to bring down and Auburn has one of the nation's top offensive lines.

Alabama players aren't holding their breath on a decision.

It's no secret both teams love to run the ball. Auburn, meanwhile, hasnt allowed a rushing touchdown in the past eight games.

"They're stopping the run very well".

Tuesday's news comes as no surprise to Alabama players, who are already gearing up for the stocky sophomore this week.

The Auburn Tigers are about to get some much needed reinforcements in the backfield. "So, just to have both of us back there together again will be nice". They just do a really, really good job. Receiver Calvin Ridley (57) leads the team in receptions, while ArDarius Stewart is expected to return to the lineup after missing last week's game.

Dieter is now Alabama's fourth-leading receiver with 12 receptions for 186 yards three scores - averaging 15.5 yards per catch this season.

Hurts will likely be the biggest story line in this Iron Bowl.

Now Alabama runs tempo, more misdirection and read option with Lane Kiffin as its offensive coordinator.

Top-ranked Alabama already wrapped up the SEC West and plays East victor Florida for the conference championship December 3, but that doesn't mean the Crimson Tide is looking past Auburn. Having White and Pettway in the lineup will make a difference for the Tigers. "Sometimes we have a game plan to spill the quarterback and make him throw on the run because he don't like to; when he gets out of the pocket it's more a of scramble thing".

Auburn and Alabama have been battling for dominance of the state for years, deeming their fight for the Heart of Dixie as the Iron Bowl.