Whether they're screaming "War Eagle!" or "Roll Tide Roll!" football fans took a collective sigh, and gulp of beer, as the state's favorite teams kicked off.
For some, it's been a long eight months.
"How could you live in the south and not understand the importance of college football?" said Flip Ingram, who was cheering on Alabama at Baumhower's Restaurant. "It's good friends, good fun, and good football. What more could you ask for?"
In every booth was someone in navy and orange or crimson and white. Sometimes it was clear, the family's came from a house divided.
"Hanging out with your friends and watching the eagle fly before the game, that's the best part right there. Then watching Auburn win" said John Dodson.
His wife, Becky, playfully disagreed. "He put up an Auburn flag outside of our house the other day while I was at work. I'm going to have to take it down. Or probably burn it. Roll Tide!"
But while the chants are different, the sentiment is the same: Thank goodness the wait is finally over.