Now that everyone is stuffed full of turkey and doesn’t want to get off of the couch, we can fully turn our attention to this weekend’s great slate of football games. The clear headliner this week is the Iron Bowl, as No. 1 Alabama heads to Jordan-Hare Stadium to take on the No. 4 Auburn Tigers in a game in which both teams still cling to national title hopes.
Down in Alabama things pretty much seem to revolve around three things: family, religion and football. The entire state is getting ready for one of the biggest rivalries in college football as No. 1 Alabama travels to Jordan-Hare Stadium to take on the No. 4 Auburn in the 2013 Iron Bowl.
Hundreds of RVs have already filled parking lots down the street from the football stadium a week before kickoff. This year’s game has huge national championship implications. Alabama and Auburn have claimed the last four national titles. The Tide and Tigers have only met once before when both were ranked in the top five. In 1971, No. 3 Alabama beat No. 5 Auburn and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Pat Sullivan 31-7 in 1971.
Both Auburn and Alabama still have a shot at the national title, although Auburn most likely needs either No. 3 Ohio State or No. 2 Florida State to lose. Losses by Oregon and Baylor have helped the Tigers move up quite a few spots.