Tuscaloosa, Ala. (WHNT) - Nick Saban was not willing to talk about Auburn in his post-game press conference following Alabama's win over Charleston Southern, but he did open up Monday.
"I don't think I have to tell anybody anything they don't already know about this game," Saban said with a straight face. "The Iron Bowl is one of the biggest rivalries in college football. It means a lot to a lot of people in this state." On the surface, this particular match-up is more important to Alabama. A win in the 80th Iron Bowl would send the Crimson Tide to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game as well as keep Alabama in the hunt for a playoff berth.
On the other sideline, Auburn is guaranteed to finish last in the SEC West, but the Tigers have the unique chance of ruining Alabama's season. Despite their 6-5 record, Auburn feels like this is their time to shine. Gus Malzahn will address the media Tuesday, but his players had plenty to say Saturday about the upcoming opportunity.
"When it comes to the Iron Bowl, it seems like everything is on a even playing field," linebacker Kris Frost said. Fellow linebacker Cassanova McKinzy grew up in the state and you don't have to tell him twice about what the game means. "We gonna bring it just like they are going to bring it. They got good players and we have good players. We are all on scholarship. We are just going to have to see on the 28th."
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