AUBURN, Ala. (WBRC) - Facing top competition isn’t new to Auburn, but this holiday weekend’s games will be like nothing the Tigers -- or anyone else -- has experienced.
Auburn faces top-ranked Gonzaga on the hardwood Friday, which airs on WBRC FOX6 at 10 a.m. and follows with the Iron Bowl against No. 1 Alabama on Saturday. According to ESPN Stats & Info, this is the first time a team has faced the top-ranked football and men’s basketball teams in back-to-back days.
Bruce Pearl’s basketball team has had recent success against top competition, including beating Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina during a run to the Final Four in 2019.
Under Gus Malzahn, the Auburn football team has defeated Alabama with the Crimson Tide ranked No. 1 twice -- 2013 and 2017.
DraftKings has Auburn listed as a 12.5-point underdog against Gonzaga and a 24.5-point underdog against Alabama.