Auburn vs. Alabama Iron Bowl SEC on CBS Info: Odds, Predictions, Live Stream, Start Time

Tua Tagovailoa
Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is expected to be healthy and ready to play in Saturday's College Football Playoff Semifinal game against Oklahoma. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

One of college football's biggest rivalries will take center stage during the last SEC on CBS game of the 2018 college football regular season.

Alabama (11-0) will host Auburn (7-4) in this year's Iron Bowl matchup at Bryant-Denny Stadium with both its perfect season and in-state bragging rights on the line.

The Crimson Tide has been the best team in college football all season with a stable of talented blue chip running backs, NFL caliber speed at the skill positions, size in the trenches and one of the nation's stingiest defenses, as is usually the case.

But this year's team also has the best quarterback in the nation in Tua Tagovailoa, who is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. Tagovailoa -- who was the College Football Playoff National Championship Game MVP despite entering in the second half -- has thrown for 2,865 yards, 31 touchdowns and two interceptions on 164 of 237 passing (69.2 completion percentage), while also recording 185 yards and four touchdowns on 41 attempts.

However, Auburn always seems to play better during the Iron Bowl. Last season, the Tigers provided the only blemish to Alabama's nearly-perfect national championship run. The Tigers have played an undefeated Crimson Tide team six times during the Nick Saban era and won twice: last season and the 2013 Kick Six game, which helped propel Auburn's run to a BCS National Championship Game appearance.

"The players all know what happened last year," Saban said. "I think they don't feel great about it. They didn't feel good about last year. They've had to live with it for 365 days."

"I don't necessarily think that the revenge factor is the best form of motivation out there, but I think it certainly plays into a guy that's a good competitor who wants to come back and do well if he didn't perform well the last time, he played someone."

Alabama is heavy favorite, but the Iron Bowl never seems to disappoint. The Tigers could make Saturday's game competitive, despite being far less successful in 2018 than most anticipated.

However, Auburn could also be the latest victim of a team that's managed to outscore its opponents by a 48.7-13.1 margin.

Here's the info you need to know for this year's Iron Bowl matchup.

Start time: 3:30 p.m. ET

TV channel: CBS

Live stream: fuboTV (free trial available) and CBS Sports App

Odds: Alabama -24.5, 53.0 via Bovada


Alabama 41, Auburn 20

Alabama will win handedly. I can see Auburn making this game competitive for at least two quarters, but the Tide is just so much better than every other team in college football. This will be yet another big performance for Tagovailoa before next week's SEC Championship Game.