Alabama concludes the 2011 regular season against Auburn with the 76th Iron Bowl on Saturday, November 26, at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Both teams stepped out of Southeastern Conference play in their last outings as the Crimson Tide topped Football Championship Subdivision powerhouse Georgia Southern, 45-21, while the Tigers posted a 35-16 victory over Samford last week. The game will be televised on CBS with Verne Lundquist on play-by-play, Gary Danielson as the color analyst and Tracy Wolfson reporting from the sideline. Eli Gold and Phil Savage will handle the radio call on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, with Chris Stewart serving as sideline reporter.
HEAD COACH NICK SABAN: Alabama head coach Nick Saban (Kent State, 1973) is in his fifth season with the Crimson Tide. Named the school's 27th head coach on January 3, 2007, Saban has compiled a 48-12 record (53-12 not including five vacated wins in 2007) at Alabama while leading the Tide to two SEC Western Division championships, one conference title and one national championship. Saban holds a career record of 139-54-1 (144-54- 1) as a collegiate head coach, while also serving at Toledo, Michigan State and LSU. Saban won his first national championship as head coach of the LSU Tigers in 2003, guiding the Tigers to a 13-1 record that season. Overall, Saban has coached four conference championship teams (1990 Mid-American, 2001 SEC, 2003 SEC and 2009 SEC) and 11 of his 14 teams have played in postseason bowl games with the Tide appearing in a bowl game each year under Saban's direction. Saban is also the only active coach to win two BCS National Championships and the first to accomplish the feat at two different schools.
RANKINGS: In the latest polls released on November 20, Alabama moved up one spot in the Associated Press rankings and the USA Today Coaches' poll, coming in at No. 2. The Crimson Tide is also ranked second in the Harris Poll and the Bowl Championship Series standings.
AUBURN SERIES: Saturday's game marks the 76th meeting between the Crimson Tide and Tigers. Alabama leads the series 40-34-1, but was edged in last season's meeting, 28-27. Prior to that, the Tide had won two in a row, including a 36-0 decision in 2008 and a 26-21 victory in 2009.
NEXT GAME: Following the Iron Bowl, Alabama will await word on a possible Southeastern Conference Championship Game berth or its college football-record 59th bowl game appearance.