BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WHNT) - It's only July but college football is in the air. Monday marked the beginning of SEC Media Days in Hoover.
Auburn was the first team in the spotlight, answering the heavy questions from the media. And where there's a head football coach, there are plenty of fans who come from all over just to catch a glimpse of their favorite team leaders.
The Wynfrey Hotel was crawling with Auburn fans hoping to see the man they owe it all to, Coach Gus Malzahn. After the season the Tigers had last year, there seems to be nothing but hope for the future.
"Last season was unreal, unbelievable all the way to the Rose Bowl, which fortunately I got to attend, but it was just a great season and we are looking forward to an even better season this year," said Ann Rutledge.
The successful season came out of left field. No one expected the Tigers to triumph in the SEC and make it to the BCS title game, but they did.
It didn't seem to be in the cards, but as the season went on they just got better and better.
So the Tigers didn't take home the crystal ball. So what? They made it to Pasadena and took the field in the Rose Bowl.
But the Tigers' loss ended the SEC's winning streak in the BCS.
"It makes me feel bad to hear people say we dropped the ball especially since we weren't expecting to be there at all, we played a good game came this close to winning, but I think we will go back this year and seal the deal," said Marlon Levert.
"I don't think it really matters," said Nick Borden. "I think that we were able to get there speaks a lot to us and Florida State was a really good team. I don't think anyone else cod have beat Florida State. Honestly, I think they were the best team."
Auburn fans are keeping their chins up and their eyes on the prize.
"Hopefully we can continue the success from last season and win that national championship in the first playoff year," Levert added.