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No Tua? Maybe that will be a problem.
All eyes will be on Alabama quarterback Mac Jones as he leads the Crimson Tide — as the replacement for Heisman Trophy candidate Tua Tagovailoa — at quarterback in Saturday’s Iron Bowl against Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
How will Jones handle Auburn’s star-studded defensive line? Will Jones simply get the ball to Alabama’s cadre of future NFL receivers before pressure arrives? How will he handle the spotlight of playing in the rivalry? Could Auburn freshman QB Bo Nix — remember him? — make us all forget about the Mac Attack?
Those topics and more are part of this week’s Iron Pod, AL.com’s podcast dedicated to all things Alabama and Auburn. Host Josh Bean is joined by AL.com’s John Talty and columnist Joseph Goodman to talk all things Iron Bowl.
Alabama, of course, remains in the College Football Playoff discussion as one of the nation’s best one-loss teams, and the Tide must win this week to keep is faint playoff dreams alive.
Will a road win over Auburn impress the College Football Playoff committee enough to get the Crimson Tide in the final four? Auburn, of course, can play spoiler and essentially knock Alabama out of the playoffs.
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