Urban Meyer makes his prediction for the upcoming Iron Bowl
One of the most obvious matchups in the Iron Bowl is Auburn’s strong defense against Alabama’s talented wide receivers.
FOX Sports analyst Urban Meyer during halftime of the Texas Tech-Texas game pointed to that matchup as why Auburn has a chance to pull the upset at home.
“Auburn is still one of the most underrated teams in America,” Meyer said. “I think they are going to play great defense, if they can control Alabama’s receivers — and I think they will to a degree. Auburn wins by four.”
While that is the marquee matchup, the quarterbacks will also offer a subplot.
Auburn freshman Bo Nix is suddenly the most experienced QB on the field as Alabama’s Mac Jones is set to make his first road start. Jones’ inexperience and Nix’s uneven first season means they will likely be key players to decide the game even though they may not make the most plays, or have the most production.
Alabama coach Nick Saban addressed Jones’ inexperience early in the week.
“He’s played well when he’s had the opportunity to play, and I think the team has confidence in him,” Saban said. “This is going to be the first game he has to play on the road, so it’ll be a little different from that standpoint for him, in terms of game management, things that he has to do to be effective against a very good team.”
Nix said games against Oregon, Florida, LSU and Georgia have prepared him for this game.
“Each one has gotten a little bit bigger and bigger,” he said. “Obviously I haven’t played as great in some of them as I would have liked to, but I just continue to grow and get better.”