Anticipation, Excitement Ramping Up for Iron Bowl Week

By Posted on: November 24th, 2013 in Featured Article, Football 11 Comments »
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Even with an SEC West Championship and state bragging rights on the line, things just got a little more interesting for this year’s Iron Bowl. Before Auburn’s dramatic 43-38 win over Georgia, the hype had already begun. Some in the media had started dubbing the game as the possible “Mother of All Iron Bowls.”

I don’t know about that but it’s for certain the nation’s eyes will be on Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday as CBS has made it The Game of the Week and ESPN announced yesterday that its ‘College Game Day’ program will be broadcast from The Plains. Excitement is growing as RV’s and campers started rolling into Auburn by the hundreds a full week ahead of the big event. Tickets for the country’s biggest rivalry game are averaging $350-400.00 for upper level seats on ebay and Stub hub with the overall average price being $728.00 – the highest in the country.

And as if anymore drama were needed to hype the intensity heading into Iron Bowl Week, the flames were fanned last night when two of the teams ahead of Auburn in the BCS standings bit the dust.

No. 3 Baylor lost to No.11 Oklahoma State 49-17. You got to feel for the Bears who haven’t won in Stillwater since 1939. Earlier in the evening No.5 Oregon was defeated by a 7-4 Arizona team 42-16, knocking the Ducks out of contention for a BCS championship game as well as a Rose Bowl birth.

The Bears loss coupled with Oregon’s upending may mean the Auburn Tigers will move into the top four heading into Iron Bowl Week. However, it’s not necessarily a foregone conclusion, as the voters could leapfrog Missouri over Auburn after the black and gold Tigers defeated No.24 Ole Miss 24-17 in Oxford.

Still, if that should happen, the Iron Bowl will have the first top five matchup since 1971 when Pat Sullivan led the No. 5 Tigers against Johnny Musso and the No. 3 Tide. Yes things just got interesting. And we can expect the frenzy to increase everyday this week.

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  1. friedca says:

    If my facebook friends are any indication of Bama’s team, all of them are looking ahead to FSU. Not a single one is talking about the Iron Bowl. If I was Bama right now I’d be crapping bricks knowing what they have to go into. Saw a video on facebook of the RV’s already pulling into Auburn for the game. If LSU thought it was loud it is going to be deafening for the Iron Bowl. I can’t wait.

  2. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    People that i know who are bama fans, namely family, are extremely nervous about this game. They view us as incredibly lucky and truth be told they are tired. The whole lot of them are. Going for a threepeat isn’t as easy as it looks. Bring in your arrogance… and the fact that you “know” you will beat auburn and you have the recipe for an upset that rivals the Israelites fleeing Egypt with Pharaohs forces in close pursuit.

    If i were governor the national guard would be on alert for riot control. And if i were the regional manager of walmart i’d close my stores. Bama nation is going to want some revenge after this is all over. What are they going to do to auburn? Already poisoned our trees.

    Au has nothing to lose and a national championship to gain. All we have to do is earn it.

    We are coming Al!!

    Wde

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      This ain’t your 2011 or 2012 Tigers.

      There are still guys on this team that beat the Updykes in 2010.

      We comin’.

  3. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    We Comin’.

  4. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    AP poll has us at #4. While a ticket to Pasadena is highly unlikely it is now a definite possibility.
    Beat Bama
    Beat Mizzou
    Michigan St beats Ohio State
    It is AU and FSU in Pasadena

    All we have to do is win.

    Look out everyone, We coming!!

    • mvhcpa says:

      What upsets me this year is that I think the SEC Champ, whoever it is (except maybe SoCar, but maybe even them if they were to play and beat Bama) should go to the BCSNCG over an overrated and untested Ohio State. And the playoff isn’t even a panacea, because under that system applied to this year, if Baylor didn’t lose, and AU or Mizzou won out, the SEC would still probably be on the outside looking in.

      Michael Val
      (who says to heck with the BCS or the Playoffs, just go back the way it was before the Bowl Alliance/Coalition/BCS)

      • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

        …..I have to respectfully disagree. Before the BCS, there was the conclusion of the 1983 season, where 3rd ranked Auburn was leap-frogged by 5th ranked Miami, who’d only played two bowl teams, and lost to one and tied one in the regular season. Auburn had played nine bowl teams that year, and won eight.

        …..It ain’t perfect, but it’s a bit better solution. From a national standpoint, mid westerners will dispute your claim, and say that a Buckeye team that finished 13-0 after downing Michigan and Sparty is deserving over any one loss team. And they might have a legit gripe, too.

        …..For the Tigers, all is moot if we don’t beat the Tide. For me, there’s this game, for all the marbles in this state. Should Auburn win, I’ll be ecstatic no matter HOW things turn out thereafter! And before we talk BCS, there’s a formidable Missouri or South Carolina team headed to Atlanta. I think Mizzou will take the Aggies on the road, and go to the SEC title game. They are definitely configured to give our Tigers problems.

        • mvhcpa says:

          Thanks for the reply, Acid. I think everything you said was true, and you definitely have a point with the TheOSU fans having a legit gripe over being supplanted by ANY one-loss team. However, if one asks oneself who the best team would be right after the conference championships (even without my orange-and-blue shades on), an AU or Mizzou team that wins out from this point would be at least the second-best team in the nation, I think.

          And, yes, expanding the playoffs from two to four represents more than a 100% improvement, but you still risk screwing over #5, and as your own example showed, #5 always has a reasonable chance of taking out #1. Actually, what I really meant by my parenthetical above I’ll expand upon in a post-BCS post I am brewing up in my mind.

          Michael Val
          (who is NOT looking ahead of Bama by any means, even when he is gleefully speculating on post-Bama scenarios)

  5. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    Everyone says that “old” people repeat themselves often. Well this “old” Auburn Tiger is going to do just that.

    THE GAME DOESN’T ALWAYS GO TO THE STRONGER OR FASTER TEAM,

    BUT, SOONER OR LATER, THE TEAM WHO WINS, IS THE ONE WHO THINKS IT CAN!

    BELIEVE AND IT CAN HAPPEN. OUR TIGERS HAVE SHOWN THAT THEY WILL PLAY FOR 60 MINUTES. THAT’S ALL WE CAN ASK OF THEM. AND, WIN OR LOSE:

    IT’S GREAT TO BE AN AUBURN TIGER !!!

    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!

    BEAT BAMA !!!

  6. SandMountainTiger SandMountainTiger says:

    Let this sink in guys and girls: The Auburn Tigers are 4th in the BCS the week of the Iron Bowl…

    Any chance of going into the archives and pulling up our ecpectations? I believe I said I’d be happy with an 8-4 record. “Cautiously optomistic” I believe I said.

    I always want to beat Bama. Always. But no matter the outcome, I am simply amazed and excited about this turnaround.

    WDE