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.