Alabama football is looking to score a third consecutive Iron Bowl victory over Auburn on Saturday.
Last season, the Crimson Tide (9-2, 5-2 SEC) defeated the Tigers (5-6, 2-5 SEC) in four overtimes in Auburn. In 2020, Alabama won by a much greater margin: 42-13.
The Tigers bring a resurgent team to Tuscaloosa, one that didn't have much life under Bryan Harsin before he was fired Oct. 31. Interim coach Carnell "Cadillac" Williams has brought energy back to the program, winning two of his three games in the role.
"I think Cadillac Williams has done a really, really good job," Alabama coach Nick Saban said Monday. "They've played really well these last three games. They run the ball effectively. They've got a lot of diversity on offense. Their quarterback's a very athletic player who can run and throw. Tank is one of the better backs in the SEC. Their defense is very, very aggressive. (Owen) Pappoe is a really good inside backer. (Derick) Hall is a really good rusher, creates a lot of negative plays. They're very good on special teams. This is a very challenging game for us, and our players are going to have to do a great job of getting prepared to play as well as we've played all season."
This could mark the last game for several players in a Crimson Tide uniform: quarterback Bryce Young and linebacker Will Anderson Jr. are among those who could decide to declare early for the NFL Draft and opt out of a bowl game, now that Alabama is all but eliminated from the College Football Playoff.
Alabama football score vs. Auburn: Live updates from the Iron Bowl
FINAL: Alabama 49, Auburn 27. Bryce Young and Will Anderson get applause.
Alabama awaits the next CFP rankings. Auburn awaits a new coach.
1:48 left: Touchdown Alabama! Jahmyr Gibbs runs right, cuts back and scores. 23-yard TD run.
Alabama 49, Auburn 27.
2:04 left: Ja'Corey Brooks recovers the onside kick and returns it inside the Auburn 30.
2:07 left: Alex McPherson good from 39 yards out. Again, not sure what good a field goal does for Auburn.
Alabama 42, Auburn 27.
2:50 left: Will Anderson sack.
4:27 left: Robby Ashford is stripped, recovers, scrambles and throws incomplete on fourth down.
Alabama called for 12 on the field. Replay the down.
On 4th and 3, Ashford keeps on the read and carries into Alabama territory.
4:39 left: Chris Braswell sack.
6:36 left: Owen Pappoe has an interception in the red zone, but it looks like the ball hit the ground. Under review.
It was a steady drive for the Alabama offense until a holding penalty the play before Pappoe's potential INT.
12:19 left: Auburn settles for a 32-yard field goal after a lengthy drive. Not sure what a field goal does for the Tigers there.
Alabama 42, Auburn 24.
52 seconds left: Robby Ashford is fast, and he outraces the Tide defense to the edge on 4th and 1.
3:40 left: Tank Bigsby in the wildcat formation for some of this drive.
4:20 left: Bryce Young with consecutive incompletions, and Alabama will punt.
6:38 left: There's a little life in the Auburn offense. Robby Ashford runs in the touchdown from 14 yards out, and the Alabama lead is 21.
Alabama 42, Auburn 21.
9:57 left: Good drive for the Alabama offense out of halftime ends in a Jase McClellan 2-yard touchdown run. A 9-play drive.
Alabama 42, Auburn 14.
HALFTIME: Alabama 35, Auburn 14.
Alabama takes big lead into halftime after controversial muffed punt
54 seconds left: Touchdown Alabama! Traeshon Holden 27-yard catch and run TD.
Alabama 35, Auburn 14.
2:47 left: Auburn's Keionte Scott has apparently muffed a punt. Alabama recovers.
It will be reviewed. Scott may not have touched the punt.
Ruling on the field stands. Alabama ball.
4:31 left: Ja'Corey Brooks called for offensive pass interference on a big third down gain for the Tide. Probably the correct call.
Next play is an incomplete pass, targeting Brooks. Some contact, and boos rain down.
4:40 left: Three-and-out for Auburn. The Tigers offense is ill-equipped for third and long.
5:33 left: Auburn has five false starts in this half.
Meanwhile, CBS reports Nick Saban has a cut on his cheek after hitting his face on a shoulder pad. Looks fine.
Ja'Corey Brooks TD puts Alabama ahead by 14
5:39 left: Touchdown Alabama! Ja'Corey Brooks out-muscles an Auburn defensive back and wins the 1-on-1 ball for a 32-yard touchdown. Alabama OL gave Bryce Young all kinds of time there.
Young has three total TDs in the first half. Alabama 28, Auburn 14.
6:34 left: Bryce Young to Kendrick Law for 39 yards on 3rd and 19. Law had about 20 of those yards after the catch. Alabama driving again.
Auburn back within a score on a Robby Ashford TD pass
9:34 left: Touchdown Auburn! Robby Ashford to Ja'Varrius Johnson for a 20-yard TD. Brian Branch trailing in coverage.
PAT good. Alabama 21, Auburn 14. Tide's defense not quite playing with the emotion and physicality Nick Saban will care for in the first half.
13:10 left: A Jarquez Hunter 19-yard run, a 10-yard run by Tank Bigsby and a Koy Moore 17-yard catch has Auburn in business.
Alabama offense rolling to double-digit lead
14:56 left: Touchdown Alabama! Roydell Williams 5-yard TD run.
Alabama 21, Auburn 7. Tide offense is rolling.
Jase McClellan got his ankle caught under the pile and limped off the field on the play before.
56 seconds left: Jarquez Hunter fumbles behind his back, a skill one shouldn't keep in practice. Alabama recovers in Auburn territory.
Alabama leads on Bryce Young TD pass
1:38 left: Jase McClellan short wheel route TD catch after making a man miss, and Alabama leads.
PAT good. Alabama 14, Auburn 7.
2:42 left: Four straight completions for Bryce Young, and Alabama is inside the red zone again.
Alabama matches Auburn's TD
6:25 left: Touchdown Alabama! Bryce Young scrambles to the right pylon and wins the race to the end zone.
PAT good. Alabama 7, Auburn 7.
8:11 left: Bryce Young deep ball to Jermaine Burton to the Auburn 10-yard line. 52-yard pass play.
Underdog Auburn on the board first
8:31 left: Touchdown Auburn! Robby Ashford scrambles for a 24-yard touchdown.
PAT good. Auburn 7, Alabama 0.
Elsewhere, Clemson loses 31-30 against South Carolina, while Ohio State is blown out at home against Michigan. Interesting.
11:41 left: Robby Ashford with a first down scramble for almost 20 yards.
11:54 left: Alabama will punt near midfield after a first down Jahmyr Gibbs run is wasted.
15:00 left: Auburn will receive the kickoff.
Pregame: Eli Gold hopes to be back in 2023
Alabama longtime football play-by-play announcer Eli Gold hopes to be back by the A-Day game in 2023, he told the Tuscaloosa News.
Gold has been dealing with some health issues over the last several months that has kept him out of the broadcasting booth. Chris Stewart has filled in this season.
This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: Alabama football score vs. Auburn: Live updates from the Iron Bowl