Malzahn: Auburn has to bring 'best game' Saturday

Malzahn: Auburn has to bring 'best game' Saturday
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - It's a top 10 showdown at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday for the 82nd edition of the Iron Bowl.

The No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide visits No. 6 Auburn in what is the 70th consecutive meeting of the Iron Bowl, with this year's winner advancing on to the SEC Championship game.

Auburn enters in at 9-2 and on a four-game winning streak. Auburn beat Louisiana-Monroe 42-14 on Saturday.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn met with the media Tuesday afternoon and compared this year's Iron Bowl to the 2013 game.

Malzahn says the Tigers' recent game experience against a No. 1 team will help come Saturday, but he points out Alabama and then No. 1 Georgia are different teams.

"You have to play your best game," Malzahn stated.

Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson says limiting turnovers will be a key to the game.

Johnson leads the SEC in rushing with 1,172 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Malzahn says Johnson is playing at a high level. says the junior running back gets stronger as the game goes on.

Quarterback Jarrett Stidham says Johnson is very consistent.

Johnson will likely carry the load against Alabama as Malzahn announced junior running back Kamryn Pettway is "out".

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts will head to Auburn boasting a 14-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio this season. Malzahn says Hurts can turn bad plays into good plays.

Malzahn closed out his press conference saying he wants the Tigers to play loose.

The 82nd Iron Bowl kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn.

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