Where: Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa
When: November 29th, 2014
There is not another college football rivalry this big. There is not another NFL rivalry this big. The only thing in sports that comes close is the baseball rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Close I said, but no cigar.
More than anytime ever in the history of the Iron Bowl, last year’s game had everything on the line. Alabama was on the verge of being anointed the God of college football by the media, and at the precipice of a third consecutive trip to the BCS Championship game. Every time you turned on any sports show, you could hear all you ever wanted about Nick Saban the coach of the Crimson Tide, and his team.
In reality, that is what the media is supposed to do. Alabama had earned the exposure, and nothing any Auburn fan could have said or done would have changed that. The only way to change the script was to take down the script, tear it up, and set it on fire. Auburn didn’t read or hear that they were “supposed” to succumb to the Tide. Consequently, the Tigers threw some great punches in this fight. They withstood the blows that the Tide threw, and in the end, had this for a haymaker:
This season Alabama has to replace their QB with an unproven entity. As of the start of fall camp, the Tide hasn’t named a starter. The first time in 6 seasons that the starting QB is an unknown going into the fall for Nick Saban. Add to the mix a new offensive coordinator in Lane Kiffin, and there are too many questions. Or, so you would think.
The media once again has Alabama as the odds on favorite to win the SEC Championship. I guess we should all just stay home. However, something tells me that the media once again has things all wrong. I was extremely happy to learn that the media had not picked Auburn to win it all.
I look for a very inspired Alabama, with possibly two losses, to entertain the Tigers with lots of ferocity. Kiffin and company are going to throw everything they have at the Auburn defense, and they will score. Alabama’s defense will be very good again, and have proven they can slow down this Gus Malzahn attack at times. I believe that Auburn has more returning talent, and will still be focused, with an eye on the prize.
Look for Auburn 27 Alabama 24 and the 4th undefeated season for the Tigers since 1990.