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Iron Bowl set for afternoon kickoff

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Nov. 30’s epic Alabama-Auburn clash will kick off at 3:30 (EST) on CBS, so you have a dozen days to clear your afternoon for college football’s biggest game of the year.

Auburn sits at No. 6 in the BCS, and with the game at Jordan-Hare Stadium conceivably has the best chance to knock off Alabama of anyone this year. Given the late-season nature of the game and the intense, historic nature of the Iron Bowl rivalry, the buildup and magnitude of this game will easily surpass that of Alabama-Texas A&M in September.

Alabama has a tune-up against FCS-level Chattanooga this weekend, while Auburn is off. The winner will go to the SEC Championship — if it’s Alabama, it’d tee up the Tide for another trip to the BCS Championship with a win over Mizzou or South Carolina. If it’s Auburn, a win in the SEC Championship coupled with some attrition at the top of the BCS (losses by, say, Ohio State and Baylor) could open the door for Gus Malzahn’s Tigers to play for a title in their coach’s first year.

Now may be a good time remind everyone that a team from Alabama has won the last four national titles.

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15 Responses to “Iron Bowl set for afternoon kickoff”
  1. Deb says: Nov 18, 2013 12:26 PM

    You should drive around Alabama on Iron Bowl day. On just about every little store, you’ll see signs reading: “Closed for the game.” The whole state comes to a standstill. That’s when neither team is contending for a championship.

    This one’s gonna be wild.

  2. badgerbuck says: Nov 18, 2013 12:32 PM

    This will be a blowout Bama will not be beat.cant believe anybody is excited about this top it off can’t stand either team.

  3. imaduffer says: Nov 18, 2013 1:06 PM

    Should be a great game. But would it not be funny if Missouri ended up winning the SEC Championship?

  4. wde2010 says: Nov 18, 2013 1:09 PM

    @bagerbuck…. If you hate each team so much why did you squander your precious time on this post? Oh I know! The BADGER’S suck and your resentful. WDE!!

  5. afrancis55 says: Nov 18, 2013 1:38 PM

    Why is this not a 7:00 o’clock prime time game?

  6. v2the4 says: Nov 18, 2013 1:48 PM

    I think this is great for college football. This Iron bowl rivalry is legendary and this is the first time in the 21 years of divisional football in the southeast that this game will decide who gets to go to Atlanta on the first saturday in Dec in the title game.

    Alabama is under intense pressure..they cannot lose this game or they will have no chance to play for a national title, or they may not make a BCS bowl game. if they win, same thing goes for the sec title game.

    if Auburn wins, then the turnaround from 3-9 with virtually the same players from the year before will be darn near complete and they will play in their fifth SEC title game.

    Im sure the rest of America is going to be going with the War Eagle, the Auburn Tigers for the upset for two reasons….we all like a good story…a school that went winless in the sec is a game away from playing for the title, and of course, it knocks Bama out of the BCS title game, and unless 2007 happens all over again, then its goodnight for the SEC streak.

    Nov 30th, cant wait…..

  7. v2the4 says: Nov 18, 2013 2:00 PM


    from my understanding, its because of the SEC contract with both CBS and ESPN….CBS has only one primetime game per season in their contract, and they used it on the Bama/LSU game for the fourth straight season.

    Because its the last game of the year, there would not be enough time or wiggle room in the schedule to “trade” games with ESPN like CBS did in 2011 when they aired Alabama/Florida in early Oct and then aired Alabama/LSU in early november.

  8. afrancis55 says: Nov 18, 2013 2:10 PM

    Ah okay. Thanks for the clarification, v2the4. It’s a damn shame I tell ya that cbs wasted their one night spot on that Bama/LSU blowout.

  9. k7lro says: Nov 18, 2013 2:17 PM

    I’m a big Auburn fan (and graduate) and not a “Bama hater”. I pull for Auburn every game and for Bama, I’m in for every game except one. This one which will be epic. On paper, Bama is t-o-u-g-h to beat and Auburn will have to play lights-out to win.

    Saban is clearly the master of his domain. Gus is the new professor – both are good men and both will have their teams ready to play. This my friends, is why we love college football!

  10. kcrobert10 says: Nov 18, 2013 2:45 PM

    Cbs always gets 1st pick of the sec game of the week that’s why the 2:30 kick. Don’t worry if u want prime time the sec won’t be left out there either Missouri and Texas a&m tilt that same day in Columbia. Should be a fun end to another great college football yr.

  11. Deb says: Nov 18, 2013 3:25 PM

    I’m glad it’s an early game it’s difficult for my parents to stay up for the late games and they really want to see this one through to the end. But I dread having to sit through Verne and Gary. Will probably be watching the TV coverage and tuning in Eli’s radio broadcast. Sure wish it were on ESPN or ABC … anywhere but CBS.

  12. nacho50 says: Nov 18, 2013 4:23 PM

    I like the 330 time better. now that all of the decent games get shifted to nights the afternoon as become a Saturday wasteland. 330 is traditionally what college football is all about

  13. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Nov 18, 2013 7:41 PM

    A reporter for the Birmingham News witnessed a young boy being attacked by a dog. The boy’s friend hit the dog with a pipe and killed it saving his friend. The reporter wrote a headline stating “Young Bama fan saves friend from crazed dog.” He showed the article to the boy hero. The boy said “I’m not a Bama fan Sir.” The reporter scratched out Bama and changed it to Auburn. The boy said “I’m not an Auburn fan Sir.” The reporter asked “well who do you root for?” The boy responded “Tennessee.” The reporter changed the headline to read “Little Hillbilly bastard kills beloved family pet.”

  14. 1990tiger says: Nov 19, 2013 8:53 AM

    Deb says:

    I dread having to sit through Verne and Gary…. Sure wish it were on ESPN or ABC … anywhere but CBS.
    Wow! we agree on something. I’m not looking to having to listen to Verne for 3 hours myself. Especially after hearing him exclaim “Oh no!” immediately after the hail mary TD pass against UGA last week.

    How about showing a little impartiality there Verne?

  15. 24pointlead says: Nov 19, 2013 11:16 AM


    You took the words right out of my mouth. Verne’s “Oh No!” was over the top. And Danielson? Mind-numbing, mouth breathing stupidity.

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