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November 25, 2013

Alabama, Auburn gear up for Top-5 matchup

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It's taken the biggest turnaround of the college football season to restore this game into a high-stakes affair for both teams.

Alabama's 49-0 win last season was the second-biggest margin in Iron Bowl history. Alabama won 42-14 in 2011 after the Tigers pulled off a huge comeback to win 28-27 the year before to continue their own national title run with Cam Newton.

Tide receiver Kevin Norwood said the game's significance could bring out the best in both teams. But, he added, the priority is "to really focus on doing our job, like coach Saban always preaches."

"It's definitely good because when you have something to play for, you just have a lot of motivation to play your best," Norwood said. "And we know they're going to play their best."

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