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No. 1 Alabama's treacherous path goes through No. 6 Auburn

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — No. 1 Alabama's path to the Southeastern Conference championship and an assured spot in the playoffs is clear but awfully treacherous.

The Crimson Tide (11-0, 7-0 SEC, No. 1 CFP) can secure a spot in the league title game with a road win at No. 6 Auburn (9-2, 6-1) on Saturday.

Even coach Nick Saban, who has a noted distaste for hype-fueled distractions, had to admit that the Iron Bowl has "got lots of ramifications this year."

Lose and Alabama's run of three straight SEC titles comes to an end, and a fourth-consecutive playoff berth isn't a sure bet.

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Heron leads Auburn to 89-78 win over Hofstra

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Auburn coach Bruce Pearl was excited about his team's showing in the Charleston Classic and believes the Tigers have the potential for even bigger things this season.

"We're trying to make history," Pearl said Sunday night after his team took third place with an 89-78 win over Hofstra. "You know, every time we do something we haven't done in a long time, we make a little bit of history."

Auburn (3-1) hasn't had much to crow about in early season events, but leaves Charleston going 2-1.

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