AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - No. 2 Alabama's coach Nick Saban isn't one of the many 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 season.
Auburn tight end Tommy Trott says the Tigers would "love nothing more than to wreck an undefeated season" for their top rival.