The Iron Bowl of Podcasts: The stakes for Alabama and Auburn football in this year's game

The Iron Bowl nears, and the discussion has already began on the Iron Bowl of Podcasts, a new USA TODAY Network podcast discussing Alabama-Auburn/Auburn-Alabama every week.

In the debut episode, Alabama reporter Nick Kelly and Auburn reporter Bennett Durando discuss their personal backgrounds with the Iron Bowl and what they're looking forward to most when they experience the rivalry in-person for the first time.

They contrast the big-picture perspectives from Auburn and Alabama entering the 2021 game: What will it mean for Alabama's playoff hopes? Why are Auburn's stakes more intangible in the first year of the Bryan Harsin era?

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This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: Iron Bowl podcast: The stakes for Alabama, Auburn football this year