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Kirk Herbstreit On What Mac Jones Needs To Do vs. Auburn

Mac Jones celebrates a touchdown throw for Alabama football.

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - OCTOBER 26: Mac Jones #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a rushing touchdown by Najee Harris #22 in the first half against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Today's Iron Bowl is Alabama's chance to finish 11-1 this season and their final opportunity to impress the College Football Playoff committee. It is also Mac Jones' biggest test.

With Tua Tagovailoa out for the season, Jones now has the reins of the Crimson Tide offense. He's looked capable so far, but there's a big difference between playing Arkansas and Western Carolina and facing Auburn.

On this morning's edition of SportsCenter, Kirk Herbstreit weighed in on the keys for Jones against a ferocious Tiger defense.

"Be a distributor. Be a point guard. Just get the ball out of your hands quickly and find guys like Najee Harris in the pass game, and let him establish the running game. Remember, that Auburn defense is outstanding up front with Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson.

“I think it’s really about him getting the ball out of his hands. Steve Sarkisian, the play caller and offensive coordinator, he’s a smart guy. He knows what’s on the other side of the ball. I think people are downplaying the ability of Mac Jones.”

Thus far this season, Jones is 55-of-77 for 841 yards, seven touchdowns and an interception.

Alabama and Auburn will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The Crimson Tide need a W today, plus a Georgia loss to LSU in next week's SEC title game to at least have a shot at the playoff.

If both those things happen, the committee will be left to decide if Alabama is more worthy of the final playoff spot than a one-loss Big 12 champion and/or a one-loss Pac-12 champ.

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