Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - It's that time of year again, No. 6 Auburn looks to extend their playoff hopes Saturday in the 2017 edition of the Iron Bowl.

Auburn is at the center of the college football universe welcoming No. 1 Alabama and ESPN's College Gameday. 

This game will certainly be one for the ages as Auburn competes for a spot in the SEC Championship game Dec. 2. 

But in order for Auburn to claim the SEC West title, they must first go through the most dominant college football program this decade.

Here are my 5 keys to an Auburn win over rival Alabama:

1) Contain Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts

Alabama's super-star sophomore quarterback is no stranger to Auburn players. 

Jalen Hurts threw for over 280 yards and rushed for 37 yards against the Tigers in their most recent match-up in 2016.

Well, needless to say, Hurts has only improved since his freshman season and is more potent than ever through the air, but more importantly on the ground. 

Hurts has 686 rushing yards alone this season with 8 touchdowns. That is a lot of running scores for a player who is typically meant to throw the ball. 



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