You talk about a manic Monday! On a gloomy day, I'm in the midst of having an Iron Bowl withdrawal. Regardless of your favorite team, you have to agree with me that Saturday's game was the most intense, nerve-racking, edge-of-your-seat football game that we've ever seen! Why not see another in about four weeks?
All right, funnier things have happened, but here's the scenario: If FSU and Ohio State win this weekend, and the Auburn Tigers beat the Missouri Tigers, AU would head to the Sugar Bowl as SEC champs (as long as OSU lands ahead of AU in the BCS rankings). Now if you are an Auburn fan, I realize it would be ludicrous of you not to want your Tigers heading to the BCS Championship game, but if your team does arrive in New Orleans? Don't give me UCF or Northern Illinois as an opponent, give me Alabama!
While many think Bama will head to Miami to play perhaps Clemson in the Orange Bowl, who would not like to see an Iron Bowl re-match in New Orleans? I say they pick it up where the Iron Bowl left off: Auburn leads 34-28, the Tigers kick off to the Crimson Tide and we go from there. Throw in some fun between Tide & Tiger fans on Bourbon Street and we're talking about a football weekend never to be forgotten!
A few other random thoughts while I decompress: I need not remind you that Auburn won the Iron Bowl fair and square. Let's forget all about these "AU was lucky" opinions: The Tigers gashed the nation's top-ranked defense for 296 rushing yards (Bama had allowed 91 yards per game going in), the Tigers blocked a field goal attempt, they stopped Yeldon on 4th-and-1, they drove the field to tie the game with 32 seconds remaining, and Chis Davis had the ability to deliver... Let's be honest- when a talented team loses a huge game, some knuckleheads look for scapegoats. While Bama kicker Cade Foster had a forgetful day, those who have Tweeted out death threats should not only be embarrassed, but they should be forced to stand in a steel cage with CJ Mosley. Foster is a young man who has done a fine job at Bama. Going into the Iron Bowl he had made 11-of-13 field goals in 2013, he was 4-of-6 from beyond 40 yards, and he was 52-of-52 on PAT's. Look- Nick Saban didn't have his greatest coaching effort over the weekend: If you are going to give Saban a mulligan, you may have to give one to Cade Foster... Yes, he was the losing quarterback, but AJ McCarron didn't necessarily hurt himself in the Heisman chase. McCarron passed for 277 yards and 3 scores, and while he may not win the Heisman, he will certainly get an invitation to the Heisman dinner. Ballots are due a week from today and as a voter I have some homework to do. You have to admit that this season has been a strange one on the Heisman front. And a quick question: Would you put CJ Mosley on the Heisman ballot if you had a vote? Just wondering... So I'm running after Sammie Coates and other players as the Iron Bowl ends, and Jordan-Hare stadium suddenly becomes your neighborhood Target when the doors open on Black Friday. I'm at midfield and I'm trapped. I'm thinking to myself, "Don't trip or you might get trampled". Forty-five minutes later I make it to the interview room, only to discover that I've pulled a hamstring running after Tiger players. Embarrassing? Yep!... The funniest YouTube video of an Auburn fan going nuts as Chris Davis runs it back? Former Auburn swimmer Rowdy Gaines- ya gotta check it out... There were some in the media world (for whatever that is worth) that believed that if Nick Saban ran the table and won a 3rd straight national title he would retire to Lake Burton. Now what? I'm thinking this Iron Bowl loss could be a long-term blessing for Bama fans as a setback like he suffered over the weekend will result in him returning to take care of unfinished business... You know Saban has done a masterful job when this 2013 team could wind up going 12-1 and result in some Bama fans thinking it's a down year... Talk of Gus Malzahn getting overtures from other schools has already begun. Texas? Nebraska? I don't think Auburn fans should get too bent out of shape about this, as a raise is sure to come, catapulting Malzhan from being ranked 11th in the SEC in annual pay to a top-five status (heck, if Bret Bielema and Butch Jones can make over $5,000,000 a year, I would think Malzahn is worthy).
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you had some rest the last few days, but be warned: I have a feeling we are about to see more crazy stuff this weekend!