"It's a very unique game, so I think that there's an extra focus and an extra intent in terms of just being ready to prepare. Our team looks at this game differently," said Auburn head coach Gene Chizik. "We don't take that lightly. We feel a great sense of responsibility because of so many people that will be affected by this game around the state come Sunday morning."
This yearís game involves an Alabama team that must win to clinch the SEC West Division title and keep alive its chance for its third national title in four years. This yearís game involves an Alabama team that has reached this game with a top-2 ranking in four of six seasons under Saban, playing an Auburn team thatís reached this game unranked in three out of Chizikís four years. Oh, and just another note from history: since the series resumed after a 40-year hiatus in 1948, only two coaches have won their final Iron Bowl ó Auburnís Terry Bowden in 1997 and Alabamaís Gene Stallings in 1996.
Sophomore Trevor Releford leads the Crimson Tide with 17.8 points and 2.0 steals per contest, after making his first start of the season against Villanova in the championship game of the 2K Classic. Releford accounted for a career-best 25 points. Sophomore guards Trevor Lacey (16.3 ppg) and Rodney Cooper (15.5 ppg), also average in double figures. "Trevor (Releford) is our most experienced player and it is good to see him stepping up to take ownership in the program," Grant said. "The same thing is true for (Cooper and Lacey). I think there is a big difference when players become sophomores. Things aren't new to them any more."
Every day this week, we've given you video of an exciting moment in Iron Bowl history. Sorry, Auburn fans, this is The Daily Bama Blog, so they're all from Crimson Tide wins. We've got one more flashback for you this afternoon.
Iron Bowl weekend is upon us, as is the post-Thanksgiving hangover and Black Friday rush. As the latest renewal of this rivalry approaches, we put down a few of our memories of the Alabama-Auburn games down through the years. We also would love to hear your own stories, anecdotes and memories of Iron Bowls past. Feel free to share in our comments section below.
It will come as a surprise to no one that Alabama has a substantial advantage over Auburn statistically. Bama is one of the top teams in the nation this year, while the Tigers are limping to the end of the season still in search of their first Southeastern Conference victory.