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PODCAST: Alabama’s impactful players for Iron Bowl, recruiting cycle for 2021

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The final big game for Alabama in the regular season comes on Saturday. 

Its annual matchup with Auburn in the Iron Bowl will have huge implications on the College Football Playoff and the 2021 recruiting cycle.

A big win for the Crimson Tide would mean an opportunity to slide in as one of the top four seeds and snatch major recruits in the process. 

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Although it has not fared well versus the Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Nick Saban looks to change Alabama’s fortune this week. Despite it being the Thanksgiving holiday, yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine was on In My Own Words, dissecting the five most impactful players for the Tide in this matchup. CBS Sports will air the contest at 2:30 p.m. 

Check out the video below. 

Five Alabama players that will own this Iron Bowl

Conference and national championships have been decided in the Alabama-Auburn rivalry; however, recruiting is the biggest prize. Saban and Gus Malzahn do not like to lose any talent and seeing how much of the 2021 class will be in-state prospects, this week is important for both schools. 

Justin Smith, the lead scouting and recruiting analyst for TDA Magazine, joined yours truly during the second segment of the show to talk recruiting.

As the host of The Process, Smith breaks down the high school athletes that are in the crosshairs of both Alabama and Auburn. 

Check out the video below. 

This year’s Iron Bowl holds major impact for 2021 recruiting cycle

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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