An Iron Bowl that will be remembered

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 26, 2010

Today, Alabama and Auburn will collide in what I think will be the best Iron Bowl that will be played in quite some time.

No. 11 Alabama will play host to state rival No. 2 Auburn at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, and even though I will not be at the game, it’ll still be exciting to watch.

Who can forget what happened last year, and Alabama’s late scoring drive that ended up sealing the victory for the Crimson Tide?

As we are recovering from a turkey hang over at Thanksgiving, 22 players will hit the field to battle in the best rivalry game, period.

Auburn is coming in to this game with a spotless plate, and is hoping to head into the SEC Championship game undefeated against South Carolina.

On the other hand, we have Alabama, who is 9-2 on the season, and is looking to end the regular season with a bang.

No matter what happens, it’s going to be a close game.

At the beginning of the season, Las Vegas had the point spread in Alabama’s favor at 11. This week, the point spread is still in the Crimson Tide’s favor, but they are picked to win the game by four points.

I think, and I have said this countless times to my colleagues, if Alabama prepares like it did against Florida in the SEC Championship game in 2009, then it will win.

While Alabama has Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, running back Trent Richardson and star receiver Julio Jones, Auburn has Cam Newton. Newton has been the story for the undefeated Tigers this season, literally.

While the controversy has died down a little bit, I am glad to have the opportunity to watch Newton on the field today against Alabama, whose defense should be up for the challenge.

Alabama sophomore linebacker and former Andalusia High School stand out Nico Johnson said Monday night that the key for success is to execute on both sides of the ball.

He’s right because Auburn’s 5,557 yards on offense is no joke. It’s actually impressive.

Win or lose, Auburn will face South Carolina in the coveted game that Alabama worked hard for and failed to play in this season.

Today’s game will be treated like a state championship game, Johnson said.

From everything I’ve read leading up to the game — it should be.

Despite not being able to revel in the awesome atmosphere of Bryant-Denny for the game, I will be watching the game with my father.

The rivalry continues today between Alabama and Auburn, and it’s a game that will live in infamy.