Iron Bowl Week Begins

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - No. 2 Alabama's coach Nick Saban isn't one
of the many in that state who believe the Iron Bowl makes or breaks
a season.

But he says it's very important "for a lot of reasons and for a
lot of people."

The Crimson Tide (11-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) carries its
perfect record and national championship hopes into Friday's Iron
Bowl at Auburn (7-4, 3-4).

The Tigers would love to deal a blow to the Tide's national
title hopes and better their own bowl prospects. Not to mention
finding some redemption after Alabama emphatically ended Auburn's
six-year Iron Bowl winning streak with a 36-0 thrashing last

Auburn tight end Tommy Trott says the Tigers would "love nothing more than to wreck an undefeated season" for their top rival.