When undefeated Alabama visits Jordan-Hare, everyone wins

Three times before Alabama has taken an undefeated team into Jordan Hare Stadium to face Auburn. All three trips produced an Iron Bowl classic.
The Tide was undefeated in 1989, the first time Alabama ever visited Auburn. Alabama was a slight favorite, but even before the opening kickoff there was little doubt that Auburn was not going to lose that historic game.
In 2009, Greg McElroy wrote his name in Iron Bowl history by directing the Tide on a 15-play, 7-minute drive that ended in the winning touchdown with 1:24 remaining in the game. The 26-21 win was pivotal in Alabama’s first national championship in 17 years.
The last undefeated Alabama team to visit Auburn in 2013 was on the bad end of perhaps the most memorable final play in college football history, the Kick-6 return for the Auburn win.
That brings us to 2017. Even more so than 1989, 2009 and 2013, this game appears to be a matchup for the ages.
Auburn may be the hottest team in the country. Alabama is one of only four major college teams still undefeated.
Predictions vary on this game, except for this: everyone agrees that all the ingredients are in place for a classic Iron Bowl
For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Nuts and Bolts of the Game.

Stephen Root