Frenzy Surrounds Iron Bowl Week on The Plains
With an SEC West Championship and state bragging rights on the line, things got a little more interesting for this year’s Iron Bowl when the College Football Playoff Committee ranked Auburn in the No. 6 spot last Tuesday. Even before Auburn’s dismantling of No. 1 Georgia, the hype had already begun. Some in the media had started dubbing the game as another 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. The last time the show visited Auburn was for that Mother of All Iron Bowls game four years ago.
The frenzy for the big day is growing as dozens of RV’s and campers have started rolling into Auburn days ahead of the big event. Tickets for the country’s biggest rivalry game are averaging $320–$450 for upper level seats on eBay and Stubhub. A chair in the club level can be picked up today for $1,000. But, if you want to sit in the orange seats, you need to hurry because the price will only escalate as the supply drops.
There’s little wonder about the demand as this year’s edition presents the first top six matchup since the 2013 classic dubbed “The Kick Six” game, won by the Tigers on the famous one-second missed field goal return by Chris Davis. That was the first time in history that not just one but both teams were playing for the SEC West Division Title. This Saturday will be the second.
All told, there have only been seven other games in the series history when both teams entered ranked in the Top 10 AP poll. The Tigers hold a 4–3 edge in those games, but Alabama is looking to even the record.
And as if any more drama was needed to hype the intensity heading into Iron Bowl Week, the flames were fanned Sunday when the Tigers opened as a three-point underdog against No. 1 Alabama. That may be good news for the Tiger faithful because the last time Auburn opened as a three-point underdog to a No.1 team at home … they won 40–17.
Let the frenzy continue. War Eagle and …