Alabama and Auburn prepare for 81st Iron Bowl

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ( - One thousand, sixty-nine yards.

Ninety-nine points.

If there ever was a game that played into Nick Saban's nightmare scenario of the offensively-dominated future of football, the 2014 Iron Bowl supplied the cold sweats. His Alabama team out-slugged Auburn for an exhausting 55-44 win that Nov. 29 in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

This week's return to the site of defense's demise will offer hope for Saban's vision and the scoreboard operator. Wildly different teams will meet Saturday on the same turf, thanks in part to the adoption of principles used by the other side.

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