TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Perhaps the day will come when Alabama players stop thinking or hearing about Nov. 26, 2010. But today, like yesterday and tomorrow, the Crimson Tide remembers. All year, this team has been reminded. All week, a 28-27 loss to Auburn will continue to be cussed and discussed. “It’s still on our minds what happened last year,” Alabama senior center William Vlachos said. “It’s something I probably think about every day.”
The Iron Bowl has never suffered from malnutrition. Around these parts, when the University of Alabama plays Auburn University, it’s the most important football game played each year regardless of the stakes. But it’s much bigger than a regional contest this season. The rest of the country has now caught on to the state of Alabama’s year-round obsession, and there’s no secret why.
TUSCALOOSA – Style isn’t forged in iron. That’s the philosophy the University of Alabama will take into this week in preparation for the Iron Bowl. Even with the Crimson Tide’s chances of playing in the BCS National Championship Game greatly enhanced by Oklahoma State, Oregon and Oklahoma over the weekend, some observers believe Alabama should approach the Auburn game with an urgency to not only win, but win big to impress votes who will decide the national title matchup. Alabama isn’t buying it. Winning, players insist, is what matters. “We’re not worried about style points,” UA center William Vlachos said after last Saturday’s victory over Georgia Southern. “We’re worried about doing what we do.”
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The 2011 Iron Bowl is six days away. You have six days to digest all of the numbers that are going to be thrown at you. It isn’t time yet to get real deep into a breakdown, such as how many yards Trent Richardson is averaging on third-and-7 plays in the second quarter on the road when there’s a full moon and he runs to the left. But it’s time to tackle some of the basics.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Alabama’s missed field goal attempts have become a big elephant in the room. And with the Crimson Tide likely to climb to No. 2 in the BCS rankings tonight when the standings are released at 7:15 CT on ESPN, one has to wonder if winning a national championship will hinge on a field goal?
AUBURN, Alabama – The Iron Bowl is coming to town, and, now, so is the circus. ESPN tweeted this morning, and Auburn forwarded it along, that the network’s College GameDay Show will be outside of Jordan-Hare Stadium for Saturday’s game between Alabama and Auburn. It will be GameDay’s first visit to Auburn this year.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – There seems to be a school of thought, more prevalent outside the state than within its borders, that the Alabama-Auburn rivalry is “too heated” or “too ugly” and needs to “cool down.” Frankly, I don’t think most rational fans want that because the rivalry, for 99.95 per cent of the people involved on both sides, is fine the way it is.
Who says the Iron Bowl is only about football? According to the Birmingham Business Journal, the Auburn metropolitan area tops the Tuscaloosa metropolitan area in brain power. On Numbers rated local brainpower by using raw 2009 data from the U.S. Census.
AUBURN, Alabama – CBS will televise the annual Auburn-Alabama showdown Nov. 26 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CBS has broadcast the game nationally in 10 of the last 12 years.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference and CBS Sports announced today that its SEC On CBS football game on Saturday, November 26, featuring Alabama at Auburn in the annual Iron Bowl will kick off at 2:30 p.m. Central Time. The 76th meeting of these teams will be played at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – While describing Tuesday night why he decided to produce a new ESPN documentary about the Alabama-Auburn rivalry, producer Martin Khodabakhshian reached a conclusion heard often in this state. “I’ve got to tell you, you guys are nuts!” Khodabakshian told a packed crowd at the Alabama Theatre for the premiere of “Roll Tide/War Eagle.” At which point, as if on cue to enhance the stereotype of this state, someone in the audience shouted: “Welcome to Alabama!”
Poll: If conference expansion results in the loss of at least one rivalry game for Alabama, which would you be willing to lose?
Alabama Crimson Tide Zone Poll Question.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – So I walk up to the Joe Paterno statue outside Beaver Stadium for the first time, and who do I see standing next to the bronze JoePa, posing for a picture? A guy in an Auburn T-shirt. True story.
Alabama Crimson Tide Zone Poll Question.