Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) - When Auburn hosted Alabama A&M last season, it was just second time since 1997 the Tigers played an in-state opponent not named Alabama.
Both the Tide and Tigers have historically avoided the likes of Jacksonville State, UAB and Troy. But Trojan head coach Larry Blakeney wants to change that trend.
He was in the Rocket City for the Troy Trojan Tour. He's been with the program for more than two decades but has yet to face Alabama or Auburn.
"Nothing would please us more than to be able to go play," said Larry Blakeney, Troy head coach. "Take our program and take our people to Bryant-Denny or Jordan-Hare. I think it would be good for college football. It certainly will be good for the conferences and all the schools involved, would probably make more and spend less. I don't think either coach at either place now or before is worried about losing, maybe it will happen one day. Maybe it will happen. I hope it will. I don't know that it will happen in my tenure."