Taking a position-by-position look at Alabama at Auburn, here’s what to watch for in Saturday’s showdown between the Crimson Tide and the Tigers:

QUARTERBACK — Alabama: The Tigers have played two quarterbacks, but neither has excited the fan base on The Plains. Jeremy Johnson, who began the season as the starter before benched for Sean White, had his best game last week against Idaho, finishing with four total TDs in Auburn’s 56-34 victory, but he thrived against one of the worst defensive teams in the FBS, so any excitement about him should be tempered.

Meanwhile, White has completed 75 of his 130 passes for 1,064 yards but only one touchdown, which makes you wonder if Gus Malzahn is still running his formerly high-powered offense.

Jacob Coker has been the picture of consistency over Bama’s eight-game winning streak, completing 66.3 percent of his passes during that stretch. He just might be the best game manager in America.

RUNNING BACKS — Alabama: The Derrick Henry Heisman Trophy train keeps chugging onward to New York. Barring an injury, the 6-3, 242-pound junior from Yulee, Fla., is well within reach of Trent Richardson’s single-season school records for rushing yards (1,679 in 2011) and rushing TDs (21, 2011). Henry has 1,526 yards and 21 TDs.

College football’s most prestigious award is his to lose.

Auburn, doesn’t have a back of Henry’s caliber, but it does have strength in numbers. Peyton Barber, who needs 53 rushing yards for 1,000 this season, is tied for fourth in the SEC with 13 rushing TDs. Jovon Robinson has made a nice adjustment from junior college by rushing for 462 yards and 2 TDs on just 76 carries over parts of six games.

Plus, like Robinson, Roc Thomas is also averaging 6.1 yards per carry while contributing 11 catches for 200 yards and a score out of the backfield. Auburn’s backs have been productive, but Henry has been destructive.

WIDE RECEIVERS, TIGHT END — Alabama: Ricardo Louis has had a solid senior season for Auburn, leading the Tigers in receptions (44), yards (675) and TD catches (3). Fellow senior Melvin Ray is second in receiving yards (223) and TD grabs (2) while junior Marcus Davis has made 27 catches for 170 yards and a score.

But while Louis has been solid, Alabama’s Calvin Ridley, his counterpart at No. 1 receiver, has been spectacular. The freshman has hauled in 61 passes for 701 yards and 5 TDs, all Bama bests.

Sophomore Ardarius Stewart has been a solid No. 2 with 42 catches for 455 yards and two scores. Plus, Richard Mullaney has been a reliable senior option with 29 receptions for 282 yards and 4 TDs, and O.J. Howard has produced from the tight end spot with 30 catches for 335 yards. Alabama’s pass-catchers get the nod here.

OFFENSIVE LINE — Alabama: The Crimson Tide’s blockers have helped their ball-carriers average 4.83 yards an attempt, which is sixth in the SEC. The Tide is also second in the conference with 26 rushing TDs and is tied with Ole Miss for fourth in sacks allowed per game (1.55).

The Tigers’ ball-carriers are averaging 4.47 yards per rush, which is ninth, while Auburn is tied for third in the conference with 25 scores on the ground. Auburn is yielding 1.46 sacks per game to rank third in the league. Bama has a slight statistical edge here, and their linemen have been healthier over the past couple of weeks.

DEFENSIVE LINE — Alabama: The Crimson Tide is first in the SEC and second in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game (77.8); Bama is also first in the conference and tied for 2nd in the country in rushing TDs allowed (6). Alabama also leads the league and is third in the nation with 38 sacks.

Auburn is tied for 12th in league with just 17 sacks.

The stats go on and on, and they all favor Alabama.

Alabama’s top three linemen could go in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft. Auburn’s Carl Lawson might join them there, but he’s been too injury-prone to give the Tigers the edge here. Advantage Tide.

LINEBACKERS — Alabama: Senior Reggie Ragland leads the Tide with 85 total tackles — including 6.5 for loss — and is averaging a career-best 7.7 stops a game, well above last year’s pace of 6.6 per contest from the Mike spot.

Alabama’s 2nd-leading tackler behind Ragland with 52 total stops — including 5 for loss — Will LB Reuben Foster also has 7 pass breakups to share the team lead with defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. Denzel Devall has made 20 total tackles — including 5 for loss — as the Jack LB to go along with 5 QB hurries, 2 pass breakups and a sack. Sam LB Dillon Lee has made 16 total tackles and has added a sack, a QB hurry and a pass breakup.

Auburn’s Kris Frost has matched Ragland with 85 tackles and he has two of the following: a tackle for loss, an interception, two pass break-ups and two QB hurries. Cassanova McKinzy has made 66 tackles — including a team-leading 10 for loss — and also tops the Tigers with 17 QB hurries and has added 5 sacks. Tre Williams follows with 43 stops and 2 QB hurries while Justin Garrett has contributed 39 tackles, 4 QB hurries, 2 INTs and one fumble return for a TD. Bama’s backers get the nod because of their run support.

SECONDARY — Alabama: The Crimson Tide leads the SEC with 15 interceptions and is fifth in the conference in passing defense, allowing 187.2 yards per game.

Auburn is only 12th in the league in passing ‘D’ (237 yards per game), but is fourth with 13 picks.

Jonathan Ford (2 INTs, including a pick-6) leads the Tigers with 104 tackles, and fellow safety and Michigan transfer Blake Countess (9 pass breakups, 2 picks) has added 59. Freshman Carlton Davis has made an impact at cornerback with 38 tackles, 6 pass breakups and 3 INTs. Fellow corner Jonathan Jones has added 56 tackles and 10 pass breakups.

For Alabama, when’s he hasn’t been returning punts for TDs, Cyrus Jones has made 26 tackles and broken up 6 passes. Eddie Jackson (37 tackles, 2 pass break-ups) leads the SEC with 5 interceptions and is tied for the conference lead with 2 pick-sixes.

Geno Matias-Smith has made 48 tackles, while Marlon Humphrey (5 pass break-ups) has added 31. Fitzpatrick has had a fantastic freshman season with 39 tackles, 7 pass break-ups and 2 pick-sixes, and Ronnie Harrison has picked off 2 passes to go along with 13 tackles and 4 pass break-ups.

The Tide secondary gets the upper hand because it has defended better against the pass.