Much At Stake For Alabama and Auburn in 2013 Iron Bowl

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By Ashley Thompson

The Most recent AP polling has the Auburn tigers ranked 6th after a huge victory over Georgia this past Saturday.

 

The Crimson Tide is still ranked number one.

After miraculously beating Georgia on the final play of the game, the Auburn Tigers are now 10-1 and second in the SEC west, only behind Alabama.

Both teams will face off in this year's Iron Bowl with a lot at stake, the SEC West title and a BCS bowl game bid. Sports Analyst John Longshore says it's do or die for Alabama.

"If they lose, they're not going to the SEC championship game and of course, you've got to win that, the way the polls are at this point, to advance to the national championship," he says.

Not suprisingly, some Auburn fans say they'd like the Tigers to squash Alabama's national championship hopes.

"With the implications with the possible three in a row, this loss would mean all the more for Auburn," says student Jacob Smith.

But what if Auburn loses the Iron Bowl? Longshore says he doesn't believe there's as much pressure on them to win.

"Six months ago, I don't think you could have found an Auburn fan that thought they'd be playing in a New Year's Day bowl game," he says. "I mean, they were hoping for a .500 season."

Auburn Sophomore Caleb Fluker agrees and tells us morale on campus this year is drastically different than it was last year.

"You couldn't give away tickets last year. I had a few tickets last year and I couldn't sell them. This Iron Bowl, the average price for a student ticket is like 250 dollars right now."

Other Auburn fans say they believe the game will come down to who wants it more.

"I'm cautiously optimistic but I think Auburn can pull it out, given what we've done this season," says Smith. "It's really hard to deny us anything at this point."

Although Alabama is undefeated and number one in the polls, some say Auburn has a good chance at upsetting the Tide.

"That'd be awesome, especially because we would have a chance at the national championship," says Fluker.

"I mean it's amazing, everything that Alabama's built up over this season could be gone in 60 minutes," says Longshore.

You can catch the Iron Bowl on CBS on November 30th at 2:30.

 



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