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Everything you possibly need to know about rivalry week, from the Iron Bowl to Bedlam - SBNation.com

Your team's got something special to play for, whether it's a national title shot and state bragging rights or just the chance to end your season on a winning note. Here's the guide to every game, with stats and emojis.

It's rivalry week and the Mothership has a comprehensive preview of the games, stakes and times. Worth checking out.

Crimson and Blue Chips: November 25 - Alabama - Scout

Crimson and Blue Chips returns Wednesday for a look ahead to the Iron Bowl and some potential recruiting impact, including a trend with a five-star that could greatly benefit Alabama. We also meet with UA offensive line commitment Charles Baldwin, who was on campus for his official visit last weekend.

Alabama's class currently sits at 6th overall, with several high profile visits still remaining and potentially a lot of television exposure still on tap for the Tide. C&BC breaks down the recruits at play during this week's 80th meeting of the Arn Bow.

All eyes focus on Alabama's running game, but what about the passing threat? | AL.com

In all, 52.3 percent of Alabama's offense comes through the passing game this year. That piece of the pie was 57.7 through 11 games in 2014. "We've made some good plays in the passing game in every game," Nick Saban said. "I just think consistency and eliminate negative plays, pressure on the quarterback, cleaning up the routes a little bit. Just developing overall confidence in the passing game, I think, would help the consistency of it."

Hard to believe that passing offense still outpaces the ground game, since we think of Henry as the workhorse. Then again, that may be why we're not seeing those 2009ish-type numbers though -- he is a workhorse. With Drake banged up intermittently, and no true Option B, the Tide has needed those plays in the passing game. To Coker's credit, he has made some very big plays when Alabama has needed them. This team would not be 10-1 without him gutting through some early mistakes and stepping up down the stretch. .

Saban says two Alabama starters are 'ready to play'

Alabama should see two injured starters return to the field for Saturday's Iron Bowl, according to Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban, in senior right tackle Dominick Jackson (ankle) and freshman defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick (knee). "They both practiced the whole time and they're fine and we think ready to play," Saban said Wednesday night.

Who wouldn't want to see Sixpatrick take one to the house Saturday? Auburn "still doesn't know" who its starter will be. JJ is a trainwreck in the making, and Sean White's weak eafuses couldn't find the endzone with a compass. Couple that with the fact that the running game isn't particularly special and that neither QB is a flight risk, and methinks the secondary is going to feed Saturday.

Former Miami coach endorses Mario Cristobal for Hurricanes job | AL.com

Erickson, who also coached the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, thinks Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal would be a good pick for the Hurricanes. "He's a tremendous competitor and outstanding young man," Erickson told 247Sports. "He would be a great fit for Miami because of his background and his ties in south Florida."

#RealTalk: Alabama's success has largely revolved around maintaining a fairly stable corps of assistants. While OLC has been one spot where musical chairs has reigned, do not underestimate the impact of losing the nation's best recruiter. And, if Kirby is bound for Columbia, you can expect Scott Cochran to go with him -- losing Cristobal, along with the nation's consistently best DC, and the best S&C coach in the country, would be a three-pronged blow that could set this program back a few years.

Gary Danielson's 3 keys to an Auburn upset of Alabama in Iron Bowl | AL.com

Will Muschamp is comfortable defending this football team and Alabama's style of attack. He understands it. He grew up in it. He knows what Alabama likes to do. I think he believes that as effective as Alabama has been in producing big plays, he feels like his defensive line can match up with Alabama's offensive line and maybe force them into big plays much like Mississippi State did.

LOL. Not happening Gary. Auburn is terrible up front, and particularly in their nougaty-soft midsection. State has a better defensive line and Auburn hasn't had an SEC-caliber linebacker (not one) since Tommy Tuberville was throwing up fingers.

Nine Reasons why Baylor has already lost - Frogs O' War

Every morning, I sat in silent, soul-cleaving agony ignoring his droll platitudes, waiting for the moments where he mercifully stopped complaining about his aptitude-deficient offspring or his clueless wife. At least a few minutes of this verbal waterboarding were always dedicated to his love for Baylor athletics. This piece of putrescence never failed in his frequent reminders to the world that he wasn’t "much of a reader" and seized every available 45 minute window to make female wait staff uncomfortable about their employment decisions. His bad jokes skewed heavily to the amputee and little people categories. To top it off, he was one of the more incompetent humans I’ve ever met. Now when I watch Animal House, I add "openly homophobic" and "morally corrupt" to "fat, drunk and stupid" on the now famous list of objectionable states of living. I do this in memory of the most repugnant human I’ve ever known, my former Baylor-alum-coworker.

This is, simply stated, the finest piece of hate for a rival that I've ever read. I injured an oblique muscle (not kidding) reading this last night, in absolute tears of laughter.