Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) thanks the fans after a 49-0 win over Chattanooga in an NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) (The Associated Press)
ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, NOV. 23-24 - FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2013 file photo, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn reacts to a play during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida Atlantic in Auburn, Ala. No. 6 Auburn's first-year coach has outdone himself this season, taking a down-and-out program back into Southeastern Conference and perhaps national title contention with his no-huddle offense and his unflappable focus. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File) (The Associated Press)
Alabama head coach Nick Saban talks with defensive back Maurice Smith (21) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Chattanooga in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) (The Associated Press)
AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama and Auburn are preparing for one of the biggest Iron Bowls in history.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide and No. 4 Auburn meet Saturday in only the in-state rivalry's second Top-5 matchup. It's a winner-takes-the-SEC-West game between two-time defending national champion Alabama and another surprising contender.
The only other Top-5 Iron Bowl matchup came in 1971. Bear Bryant's No. 3 Alabama beat No. 5 Auburn and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Pat Sullivan 31-7.
Hundreds of RVs filled a lot down the street from Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday — even though campers can't stay overnight until mid-week.
Tide quarterback AJ McCarron insists Auburn is merely "the next team in our way" whatever the Tigers' record. Tigers H-back Jay Prosch says it has felt like preparation for any other game so far.