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Auburn returns field goal for SEC West clinching TD, hands Alabama first loss

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Auburn is getting used to these wild endings. What’s next?

This may have been the craziest ending to an Iron Bowl ever. Alabama’s last-second 57-yard field goal attempt fell short and was returned by Auburn’s Chris Davis from the back of the end zone down the left side of the field and Alabama’s lack of athleticism on the field goal team was unable to catch him. Davis might as well keep running all the way to Atlanta, because the Auburn Tigers are going to play for the SEC Championship after claiming the SEC West Division title with the win over Alabama.

Auburn needed a touchdown to make overtime a possibility, and they got it by fooling Alabama’s secondary in to closing in on a mobile Nick Marshall. Marshall switched hands and tossed to a wide open Sammie Coates, who sprinted down the field for a 39-yard score to tie the game at 28-28. Alabama still had time to work with though with two timeouts and they started to move down field. The game appeared to end in regulation when Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon ran out-of-bounds on a 23-yard run. The clock appeared to expire but officials took another look and decided to add one more second on to the clock, ruling Yeldon stepped out-of-bounds with that much time on the clock. The extra second turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Auburn fans, who were initially not happy with the call.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban then made what turned out to be a poor decision, opting to try a 57-yard field goal with Adam Griffith. The Tide had been 0-3 on field goal attempts by Cade Foster earlier in the game. The decision not to take one more chance with McCarron on the field may have cost Alabama the win, an SEC title and perhaps a shot at a BCS title. Going for a 57-yard field goal given Alabama’s kicking production this season was certainly questionable, without hindsight. Considering the way a game was won at Auburn two weeks ago, Saban should have taken a chance letting McCarron toss one deep.

The longest play in Alabama history appeared to have saved the season’s ultimate goal for the Crimson Tide earlier in the quarter. Pinned inside their own one-yard line, AJ McCarron heaved a deep ball to Amari Cooper down the left side line, and Auburn’s defenders could not make the tackle to allow Cooper to run uncontested the length of the field for a 99-yard touchdown play in the fourth quarter. It gave Alabama a 28-21 lead before Marshall completed the pass to Coates to tie the game.

Auburn will take on either Missouri or South Carolina in next week’s SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. If Missouri defeats Texas A&M Saturday night it will be Missouri representing the SEC East in the conference championship game.

Wow.

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  1. halbert53 says: Nov 30, 2013 7:42 PM

    Awesome game!

  2. blacknole08 says: Nov 30, 2013 7:43 PM

    Who cares about BAMA?!

    Noles are #1 now, where we rightfully should be.

  3. nfl4days says: Nov 30, 2013 7:43 PM

    Amazing

  4. atwatercrushesokoye says: Nov 30, 2013 7:43 PM

    That’s possibly the best ending to a football game I’ve ever seen, and it’s probably the best college game I’ve seen since the USC v Texas NC game.

    I’m no SEC fan but well done SEC!

  5. canetic says: Nov 30, 2013 7:43 PM

    How does Alabama back into another championship game again this year?

  6. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Nov 30, 2013 7:44 PM

    Saban deserves to be second, third, and fourth guessed. Not many kickers in the NFL or college can hit a 57 yarder. I feel like Auburn should jump OSU but probably won’t this week. If they beat Mizzou or SC next week they definately should.

  7. atwatercrushesokoye says: Nov 30, 2013 7:45 PM

    blacknole08: you’re probably right but Auburn will be getting quite a few first place votes in the Coaches and media polls, and heading into next weekend we’re probably looking at a FSU v Auburn NC game, OSU will be on the outside looking in.

  8. bucrightoff says: Nov 30, 2013 7:46 PM

    Ohio State needs to be jumped. The resumes aren’t even comparable. Auburn might beat #1 and 4 in a row. Ohio State struggled against every mediocre team they played this year (Buffalo, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan)

  9. taintedsaints2009 says: Nov 30, 2013 7:46 PM

    I never watch college football because it’s usually pretty boring but I’ve never seen a game at any level like this. Wow.

  10. pricecube says: Nov 30, 2013 7:46 PM

    That was incredible! Awesome game…

  11. thraiderskin says: Nov 30, 2013 7:47 PM

    Kitty has claws… big claws. Congratulations Auburn.

  12. guinsrule says: Nov 30, 2013 7:47 PM

    So that’s how you give away a national championship…

  13. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Nov 30, 2013 7:47 PM

    How does Alabama back into another championship game again this year?

    If you mean Bama “backing in” because after their losses the teams who have jumped them ended up losing, then if OSU and Fl St. lose next week they’d get back in. Won’t happen.

  14. realfootballfan says: Nov 30, 2013 7:47 PM

    OH MY FREAKING GOD. How did Nick Saban not have anybody there to stop that? What a finish. What a game. SEC football is head and shoulders the best, so if Ohio State does pull off the win next week, it will be a shame that they’re not repesented in the game because if you’re still in denial about them collectively being the best, I don’t know what to say to you.

    Ohio State fans, you can get your shot that you’ve been whining about with a win over Michigan State. And we’ll settle this on the field if you can do this. I really wanted to see FSU vs. Alabama, but I guess we’ll see the Buckeyes in January if they can manage that. I knew one of these teams were ripe for the upset today, and Alabama fell victim at the last minute. What a game.

  15. rabbi187 says: Nov 30, 2013 7:48 PM

    That game was ridiculous. Not let us all hope that JV Buckeyes team doesn’t weasel their way into the championship.

  16. waynefontes says: Nov 30, 2013 7:49 PM

    Wow. That was a game for the ages, with the most improbable ending.

    Two plays over 99 yards, questionable decisions on both sides, putting one second on the clock…

    What an amazing game. You know that when a 99 yard TD pass is the SECOND most exciting play, that was something special.

  17. pricecube says: Nov 30, 2013 7:49 PM

    As a TCU fan it would be karmic to see tOSU left out of the NC game because of their “little sisters of the poor” schedule.

  18. webbiam says: Nov 30, 2013 7:50 PM

    I don’t understand why Saban would opt to go for the first down when he was up 7 in the 4th quarter even though it was only a sub-40 yard FG, and then opt to go for a 57 yarder with a freshman entering the game for the first time.

    That said, wow, what an amazing game! Go Noles.

  19. jhagman99 says: Nov 30, 2013 7:50 PM

    Well done, Auburn. See you in Pasadena.

  20. steelers88 says: Nov 30, 2013 7:50 PM

    I’m happy for Auburn. I always have to root for the underdog. That was probably the funniest game I have ever seen. I was nervous and I’m not a Alabama or Auburn fan.

  21. kinggw says: Nov 30, 2013 7:51 PM

    Saban’s arrogance cost the Tide in this game.

    McNulty is spot on.

  22. allmyteamsareterrible says: Nov 30, 2013 7:51 PM

    If you think a 1 loss Auburn team is jumping an undefeated tOSU team you are delusional in ways that are hard to put into words. They were too far behind in the polls before this and they still have 1 loss. Not in your wildest and most delusional dreams is that happening.

  23. bigbuckeye76 says: Nov 30, 2013 7:52 PM

    If that happens, that would be an outrage. OSU has done all that it can to be in the NC game….Auburn has not.

  24. Deb says: Nov 30, 2013 7:52 PM

    Came on to congratulate Auburn on the win, but as usual, found blacknole08 on a thread about Auburn and Alabama blathering ad nauseum about FSU. I wish you had the common decency to let us talk about our own game on our own threads. But you have no decency. You are just an unbelievable bad sport who takes over every thread whether or not it’s about your team.

    I hope to God Auburn makes it to the championship game. I’ll be rooting for them every minute.

    Roll Tide.

  25. atwatercrushesokoye says: Nov 30, 2013 7:56 PM

    It will be karma to have the Luckeyes miss out on the NC game after Urban lobbied against the big 10 (Michigan) years ago when he was with Florida.

  26. DicksSportingWoods says: Nov 30, 2013 7:56 PM

    Should be some great conference championship games. Let’s let those games play out before we decide who deserves what ranking.

  27. joerevs300 says: Nov 30, 2013 7:56 PM

    An incredible finish and I simply wish the playoff was 1 year earlier. Instead, someone’s going to be on the outside looking in who really deserves a chance.

    All that being said, Saban outcoached himself right there. CFB kickers have trouble hitting 45 yard FG’s let along 57 yards, and they had already missed THREE in the game. How do you not trust AJ McCarron on that final play, let along him and Yeldon in OT to get the job done?

    Amazing, amazing game, and we’ll see what happens in the championship games. Hopefully more BCS chaos :)

  28. gquesen says: Nov 30, 2013 7:58 PM

    Wow, I think the saddest image was the little Alabama fan, probably about ten years old, sobbing into his dad’s jacket. If my lip reading skills serve correct, he just says “…why…?”

  29. realfootballfan says: Nov 30, 2013 8:01 PM

    webbiam,

    Yea, one of the few times I’ve seen Saban make so many critical errors in judgement, especially late in a game. Kicking the long field goal was probably seen as a blessing to him when he got that extra second, but not having anyone on the field that could run down a returner on a short kick was some unSabanlike lack of attention to detail.

    If Auburn does manage a way to get into the national championship, that destiny feel that they have to them is a scary thing to be facing although I’d still be confident in FSU taking care of business.

  30. Deb says: Nov 30, 2013 8:01 PM

    @joerevs300 …

    Agree with everything you said about Saban outcoaching himself and letting AJ take the final shot–which at worst would have sent it into OT. But that wasn’t the same kicker who missed the three tries earlier. It wasn’t a bad kick. But the try wasn’t worth the risk. Nick’s an extraordinary coach … but that was a stupid decision.

    Oh well … if you win every year, you don’t appreciate it as much. Isn’t that what Ms. Terry said?

  31. sportsfan18 says: Nov 30, 2013 8:05 PM

    Now Auburn needs to not let down and lose in the SEC championship game…

  32. bucrightoff says: Nov 30, 2013 8:06 PM

    Alabama’s biggest error was passing on the 30 yarder to go up 10 to go for it. And then they try a 57-yarder? Just bizarre.

  33. derekgorgonstar says: Nov 30, 2013 8:09 PM

    Greatest play in the history of college football.

    Also, not for nothing, but I’m a Michigan fan and felt horrendous for 3 hours….then imagined what the Bama fans must feel like. Suddenly……I’m okay.

  34. bigbuckeye76 says: Nov 30, 2013 8:09 PM

    Luckeyes….suckeyes….awesome in your originality.

  35. imaduffer says: Nov 30, 2013 8:11 PM

    Sorry Bama fans, but you can prepare for next years big game by playing Southern Mississsippi.

  36. snow52480 says: Nov 30, 2013 8:13 PM

    If ohio gets into the national championship game it will be the biggest travesty in the history of college football and we can officially declare the BCS a complete and total sham. ohio’s ‘signature’ win this year was by 7 at home against a wisconsin team that lost at home to penn st. Wow. I’m impressed.

  37. gatorfan1 says: Nov 30, 2013 8:13 PM

    Wow, just wow!!!

    I guess for now on, fans will call that corner of the Goal Post Toomer’s Corner II.

  38. wethog66 says: Nov 30, 2013 8:14 PM

    Not a fan of either team, just a fan of CFB. And what a game that was. From Bama getting 1 second on the clock to try a FG, to Aub pulling a rabbit out of their ass and returning the missed FG for the winning TD, Nuckin Futs ending.

    I loved every minute of it.

  39. taintedlombardis says: Nov 30, 2013 8:15 PM

    This is Auburn’s only quality win on the season. A&M might be unranked after tonight.

  40. crazyfootballfun says: Nov 30, 2013 8:18 PM

    ah Deb, i know you are heartbroken but expected no less than what you gave….true good sportsmanship. And it is indeed possible to love your team, be disappointed, have reasonable criticism, still be a good sport- thanks for demonstrating that for blacknole( not that he would recognize sportsmanship). What a game- hats off to both teams.

  41. villain612 says: Nov 30, 2013 8:20 PM

    Congratulations to a gutsy Auburn team. You guys are obviously a really solid team.

    I’m a Buckeye fan, but I feel like I can remain objective in assessing the situation. All this talk over who should get in and who shouldn’t just illustrates how ridiculous not having the playoff system now is.

    The biggest flaw with Ohio State isn’t their schedule, its their defense. We all know this. Our offense can hang with any team in the country, as they set a school record for points in just the 11th game of the season. Our defense has been lacking consistency, especially late in games when they let subpar teams score more than they should.

    With that said, if Ohio State beats Michigan State next week, they should be ranked #2 and get into the NC game. Going undefeated in any league is tough enough. They sort of remind me of the 2002 Ohio State team who won the NC after beating that great Miami team. Everyone doubted them because they had a lot of close calls all year but ultimately they pulled it out against an ACC dynasty.

    The final thing I will say is this. Don’t underestimate an Urban Meyer coached team with a month to prepare. I made that mistake in 2006.

  42. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 30, 2013 8:20 PM

    Congrats to Auburn. We were out of sync all game long. No excuses. Auburn rammed the ball down our throats. We dropped balls, We looked like we still had
    a turkey induced trance with all the mental mistakes.

    Still in the top 10. Still too much football to be played.

    Proud of Coach Saban and the team.

    RTR

  43. totallysirius says: Nov 30, 2013 8:20 PM

    Karma is a muther………….

    Alabama has gotten the benefit of questionable calls for the last several seasons like the blatant holding in the end zone on that 99 yd pass play.

    Although OSU will probably end their win streak against FSU, they are undefeated and deserve the chance if they win the B1G next weekend.

  44. taintedlombardis says: Nov 30, 2013 8:20 PM

    bucrightoff says:

    “Auburn might beat #1 and 4 in a row.”

    ———————————

    #1 and #4 in a row? What are you talking about? They beat Georgia on a fluke play the last time they played. And Georgia is far from #4.

  45. tony34343434 says: Nov 30, 2013 8:29 PM

    could not happen any better. Wish i was at Bama to hear them all crying. LOVE IT.

    At least all you Bama fans since you are all girls and root for an entire conference not just one team still have a shot with Auburn. You can yell out SEC, SEC. what a bunch of bitches.

    So sad that is all you have was a winning team, your degree from Bama is worth about as much as Toilet paper!!

    Roll Dam Cry Babies!!!
    Roll Dam Losers!!!

    LOVE the way they lost too, this is too good to be true!!!!!

  46. blacknole08 says: Nov 30, 2013 8:29 PM

    And it is indeed possible to love your team, be disappointed, have reasonable criticism, still be a good sport- thanks for demonstrating that for blacknole( not that he would recognize sportsmanship). What a game- hats off to both teams.

    —————————————————————

    Hey, there is nothing wrong with saying your team is #1 when it is a FACT.

    And it’s even better when an arrogant d-Bag like Saban out-coaches himself and finds a way to lose a chance at another championship.

  47. cometkazie says: Nov 30, 2013 8:32 PM

    Special team play beat ‘Bama today, but it was a really entertaining game.

  48. dkhhuey says: Nov 30, 2013 8:32 PM

    THANK YOU AUBURN!!! The Buckeyes take care of Sparty Saturday and we’re in the NC game!!! I heard Mark May just swallowed his tongue!!!

  49. pricecube says: Nov 30, 2013 8:33 PM

    @taintedlombardis

    Pretty sure he is talking about Auburn beating Bama then Mizzou (in SEC championship game) … and assuming that Mizzou beats A&M…

  50. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 30, 2013 8:33 PM

    Hats off to Auburn. No one expected you to do this and what a turn around. OSU might be the biggest benefactors if they can get by MSU.

    Don’t take away from their win. They play in a tough division and EVERY team wishes they could be them tonight and knock off th #1 team and kill the dream of 3 in a row. They get a shot at another quality win.

  51. atwatercrushesokoye says: Nov 30, 2013 8:33 PM

    Let’s not take anything away from OSU, they played their schedule and have won every game, but assuming both teams win next week I think it’s pretty reasonable to argue that a team with one loss (fairly early in the season) who beat the team that’s been number 1 in the country all year (and 2 time defending champions) in their last regular season game is as deserving to play in the NC game as OSU is.

    Who knows maybe the Dookies will pull off the upset and allow these two to decide it on the field.

  52. drunkenagitator says: Nov 30, 2013 8:36 PM

    allmyteamsareterrible: Want to wager on that? OSU just eked out a win over a bad Michigan squad while Auburn bumped off Bama. If they win the SEC title game they’re playing for the NC. Only way OSU gets there is if FSU loses, period.

  53. tony34343434 says: Nov 30, 2013 8:37 PM

    As a bama fan it does not matter that we lost, we root for an entire conference so we are all winners!!!! yeahhhhhhhh

  54. realfootballfan says: Nov 30, 2013 8:41 PM

    villain612,

    Agree with you on Buckeyes deserving to be in the game if they win out. We’e not talking about the Mountain West or something here people. The SEC is definitely head and shoulders the deepest conference because it has 6 or 7 tough teams in their leagues and the second tier of teams are no slouch, so I have all the respect in the world for teams that can run that pressure cooker even with one loss. However, if two teams are undefeated from other major conferences, you have to take them.

    Also agree with you on any FSU fans who would take Ohio State lightly, especially after a month of preparation. He’s a scumbag, but he’s frankly a better coach than Jimbo Fisher as of right now. Jimbo could definitely change that conversation, and FSU has superior athletes from top to bottom; however underestimating Ohio State would be a big mistake. That 2002 game against Miami, which was stacked at every position is a great example.

  55. bucrightoff says: Nov 30, 2013 8:41 PM

    taintedlombardis says: Nov 30, 2013 8:20 PM

    #1 and #4 in a row? What are you talking about? They beat Georgia on a fluke play the last time they played. And Georgia is far from #4.
    ______________________________________
    No shocker here that OSU fans struggle with reading comprehension and deductive reasoning. If Auburn beats Mizzou next week, that means Mizzou wins tonight, and will be ranked #4 (or possibly even #3). I know you OSU fans are confused about these “top ten teams” thing because you don’t ever see them.

  56. bucrightoff says: Nov 30, 2013 8:43 PM

    I also assume OSU fans crying about being left out because they’re undefeated supported Boise State and TCU when they went undefeated and got shafted. Oh whats that, they mocked them? Karma needs to do its thing here.

  57. jacobk621 says: Nov 30, 2013 8:44 PM

    How is it that Lou Saban and Alabama a top 5 team every year can’t go out and recruit a decent fg kicker , that guy sucks , something strange about his approach to the holder

  58. peopletrains says: Nov 30, 2013 8:44 PM

    And a rapist will lead the number one team in the land… Sad day for college football…

  59. hicksde says: Nov 30, 2013 8:46 PM

    I wish everyone would stop hating on the Buckeyes. Back to back undefeated seasons is a challenge in any league. Both games were great down to the wire games. Hats off to both teams.

  60. realfootballfan says: Nov 30, 2013 8:47 PM

    peopletrains,

    Make sure you come back and say, “that falsely accused rapist” is leading the number 1 team in the country when he’s exonerated, okay?

  61. thefiesty1 says: Nov 30, 2013 8:51 PM

    Fantastic game. Congrats to War Eagle. More luck than sense but coach Gus should get Coach of the year after the turnaround from Chizik last year. O-8 in SEC to SEC Championship. Wow! sorry, Bama No 3 peat.

  62. mountaindont says: Nov 30, 2013 8:51 PM

    If OSO wins next week the deserve to be in the national championship game. They will have gone undefeated in 2 straight seasons. They feature the best running game in college football in addition Braxton Miller is ranked #8 in the country in QB ratings. The OSU defense needs to step up but I have confidence that Urban Meyer,given a month to prepare will have the ready. Does the BCS need to change ? Maybe, but until it does OSU deserves to be where they are.

  63. bryangy says: Nov 30, 2013 8:55 PM

    Beat me to the punch.
    Must be an Ohio St grad as is exceedingly complex concept that two weeks in a row can mean this week and next not just this week and last.
    Luckeyes will not have to worry about the NC game as UM could barely make a 1st down vs Sparty D yet put up 41 vs the mighty OSU.

  64. 700levelvet says: Nov 30, 2013 8:55 PM

    Nice coaching/game calling there Captain Nick…hahaha… Has anyone seen ole Harvey? Might need to give him a call….

  65. jhagman99 says: Nov 30, 2013 8:56 PM

    “He’s a scumbag, but he’s frankly a better coach than Jimbo Fisher as of right now. ”

    Arguably? Maybe. Frankly? Eh. They’ve only met once but Urban got whipped in that game and pretty much quit by the end of the third. We shall see.

  66. scoops1 says: Nov 30, 2013 8:57 PM

    Dear OSU fans…..

    Last season has nothing to do with THIS Season

  67. daithi1 says: Nov 30, 2013 8:58 PM

    What’s up with all of the “We” and “You” posts? “We” sat on the sofa and stuffed our faces with chips and beer. “You” did the same. The 125 or so players on each team, along with their coaches/trainers/staff win and lose games.

    It’s great to watch players with mad skills play, but seriously, claiming victories obtained by the deeds of others is just a bit sad…

  68. realfootballfan says: Nov 30, 2013 8:59 PM

    thefiesty1,

    I know, makes you wonder why Malzahn had to wait so long to get his shot. Even when he was at Arkansas during Darren McFadden’s freshman year, his offensive mind put them in the mix for the SEC championship. I’ve heard his wife’s personality is the reason he was passed over for as long as he was, but she’s hardly bad enough to have passed on this guy for alot of teams that could have used the turn around. She’s just a bit more outspoken than most college football wives.

  69. villain612 says: Nov 30, 2013 9:00 PM

    bryangy

    If we’re gonna compare common opponents, Michigan State destroyed mighty Purdue 14-0, while Ohio State beat them 56-0.

    We’ll see you next week.

  70. jagtiger says: Nov 30, 2013 9:01 PM

    Auburn, Alabama, or FSU would beat ohio State by at least 2 touchdowns. Urban Cryer will probably have to take another medical leave of absence.

  71. BrownsTown says: Nov 30, 2013 9:03 PM

    Bucrightoff loves Urban Meyer so much, he works him into every story, related or not.

    Talk about commitment.

  72. mrmayhem82 says: Nov 30, 2013 9:08 PM

    Where was Mike Tomlin ?

  73. realfootballfan says: Nov 30, 2013 9:09 PM

    jhagman99,

    No, not arguably, definitely. I’m an FSU graduate so I know both inside out. This year is the first year Jimbo’s not had the inexplicable letdown game out of nowhere with a superior team vs some scrub team. Furthermore, the most adversity Winston and the FSU defense has allowed this team to face this year was a 21-14 halftime lead against Miami, so you haven’t even had to see Jimbo go through his classic meltdown mode in a tight game that has shown up over his first 3 years.

    When has that happened to an Urban Meyer coached team? I’ll wait for you to find it because it rarely has. Like I said, the man is a scumbag, but he can definitely coach and is as of their resumes to date, better at it than Jimbo Fisher. Fisher could change that conversation now, but he’s going to have to do it on the field.

  74. totallysirius says: Nov 30, 2013 9:11 PM

    I heard Corso, Herbstreit and Musberger are on suicide watch.

  75. villain612 says: Nov 30, 2013 9:12 PM

    When it comes to coaching and recruiting, how many coaches would you take over Urban Meyer in the college game?

    Saban? Anyone else?

    The guy’s had unquestionable success at every program he’s ever been at.

  76. Deb says: Nov 30, 2013 9:13 PM

    @blacknole08 …

    No, there’s nothing wrong with celebrating that your team is now #1 and deservedly so. Many of the FSU fans among my personal friends are doing that and I’ve congratulated them. The problem was with posting “Who cares about BAMA?” on a Bama thread. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to discuss FSU’s number one ranking when the polls come out tomorrow. This article was breakdown of the Iron Bowl, and obviously half the people reading it still care about Bama. You don’t stop caring because your team has lost.

  77. allmyteamsareterrible says: Nov 30, 2013 9:14 PM

    I can’t believe people actually think a 1 loss team is going to jump an undefeated major conference champ (if they win). I mean, you do realize it’s never happened before right? I’m enjoying all the SEC honks in here.

  78. Deb says: Nov 30, 2013 9:18 PM

    mrmayhem82 says:

    Where was Mike Tomlin ?
    ———————————————
    As a diehard Steeler and a diehard Tide fan who’s suffered two heartbreaking losses in three days … thanks for making me :)

  79. Bo Darville says: Nov 30, 2013 9:18 PM

    I can’t wait for the rematch BCS Title game. If only we had a four team play-off so Alabama, Auburn, Missouri, and South Carolina can’t all be in it. The SEC is so good that even mediocre Big XII teams can win it.

  80. buffalotexan says: Nov 30, 2013 9:20 PM

    Love me some good football, and that sir, was good football.

  81. mountaindont says: Nov 30, 2013 9:22 PM

    Last season has nothing to do with this season ? Of course it does. Northern Illinois is 12-0. Do you think they would be ranked higher if they had won their past 30 games. I would say probably yes. The humans that vote in the different polls may not admit it but they do take into consideration past years especially if it’s a 20 + game winning streak. A teams reputation in previous seasons is considered. No doubt about it

  82. bucrightoff says: Nov 30, 2013 9:30 PM

    BrownsTown says: Nov 30, 2013 9:03 PM

    Bucrightoff loves Urban Meyer so much, he works him into every story, related or not.

    Talk about commitment.
    __________________________________

    A Cleveland Sports/OSU fan only knows about winning when the refs give it to them (see 2002). I’ve said it before, if OSU fans wanna lose 59-10 to FSU, I’m more than happy to watch. Sad thing for you is getting killed this year will hurt the entire Big 10 going forward. No one will take it seriously anymore.

  83. thraiderskin says: Nov 30, 2013 9:31 PM

    Deb, trolls don’t understand respect. They come on here to be jerks and have no delusion of knowing what they talk about. I’m happy for Auburn, they were great tonight, but I would have loved to see Bama v. FSU. Perhaps next year.

  84. thefiesty1 says: Nov 30, 2013 9:32 PM

    …realfootballfan… Not familiar with Ms coach Gus. That’s too bad that she might be holding him back. Not bad though going from Ark high school coach to tonight in a few years.

  85. packergator says: Nov 30, 2013 9:34 PM

    villain612,

    The difference for the 2002 OSU team was that it was dominant on defense. Same with the 2006 Gators. When you have a dominant defense, you’ll be in almost every game; well-executed offense is a bonus. Unfortunately for Urban, all the preparation in the world can’t fix this OSU team’s bad tackling and pursuit.

  86. saintsly says: Nov 30, 2013 9:34 PM

    Be careful what you ask for Saban. You would have been better off NOT taking the one second on the clock but you went into a spazz and talked them into it. I just loved the ending though. Better than sex I tell ya…………..

  87. thraiderskin says: Nov 30, 2013 9:35 PM

    Bucrightoff, get over it, from what I remember, OSU shouldn’t have even been in that game. Perhaps Miami was the one that was overrated.

  88. thegloriousone says: Nov 30, 2013 9:42 PM

    Deb,

    Bama and the Steelers?

    Left me guess….you’re also a Yankees and a recently converted Miami Heat fan.

  89. villain612 says: Nov 30, 2013 9:43 PM

    bucrightoff

    Ohio State isn’t hurting the Big Ten. If anything, the Big Ten needs to write a letter of thank you to Ohio State for keeping it relevant. Since 1998, Ohio State is tied with USC for the most BCS bowl game wins with 6.

    Its not their fault that Penn State, Michigan, and Nebraska have slid into mediocrity.

  90. dmcgrann says: Nov 30, 2013 10:00 PM

    I was flipping through a bunch of games, and managed to flip back to the Iron Bowl just as Chris Davis was crossing the Auburn 30. That was a fantastic finish, and I imagine fun for most people to watch.

    Reading though the comments, I agree with the poster who questioned why Alabama didn’t have a stronger kicker on their roster. I think a lot of teams don’t pay enough attention to the kicking game, and that’s a mistake. Alabama looked flat as could be at the beginning of the game. They may well have been the number 0ne team in the country all season long, up through yesterday. They weren’t the best team in the country today.

    Premature to call for anyone to be included or excluded in the BCS Championship game. If next week’s games are anything like this week’s games, anything can happen. Duke could beat Florida State, South Carolina (at this moment in time, anyway, since Mizzou’s losing as I write) could beat Auburn, and Sparty could beat Brutus.

    I do think that Saban’s call on the field goal attempt was bad – but it reflected the conventional wisdom that you go for the win on the road and play for the tie and overtime if you’re at home. Sorta funny how Brady Hoke’s decision to go for two today is being touted as the “right call”, when it flew in the face of that “conventional wisdom”.

  91. normtide says: Nov 30, 2013 10:02 PM

    That was a battle. My hats off to Auburn. It’s been an awesome run. Still can’t process it all.

  92. realfootballfan says: Nov 30, 2013 10:05 PM

    thefiesty1,

    There was a rant that she gave in her church up in Arkansas about a year ago while Malzahn was Arkansas State’s head coach, and she kind of went off script with alot of stuff she said (like Lou Holtz was spitting on me when we were at his house, lol). It was funny stuff more than anything, but I’ve heard that alot of colleges frowned on how outspoken she could possibly be. I know she was a real estate rock star or something back when he was a high school coach, so she is probably a bit more independent than most of the “just smile and greet the fans” type of football coach wives are.

  93. joerevs300 says: Nov 30, 2013 10:08 PM

    In no way can you compare Brady Hoke’s decision to Nick Saban’s.

    Michigan was completely out of gas. Ohio State (likely) scores a TD on their first drive of overtime and keeps Michigan out of the end zone. He went for the win. That was a brilliant time out by Urban Meyer when they came out initially to go for 2. Sometimes offenses simply out-think themselves.

    As for Saban, sorry, 57 yards would be tough for the best kicker in the country, let alone for a guy who HADN’T KICKED ONE all day. He should have simply let McCarron throw one into the end zone and then come back out in OT. It’s just utterly shocking that he could not trust his 2 time National Championship QB or defense to win the game in OT, and well, they’ll be a lifetime of regret about that choice I would reckon.

    You can’t compare the two. One had a better-than-average chance of happening. One had a low single-digit chance of happening with the potential to blow up EXACTLY like it did.

  94. florida727 says: Nov 30, 2013 10:09 PM

    Saban’s credibility took a massive hit. I’ve been a big fan of his for a long time but he mismanaged that game so badly it was difficult to watch. You pass up on a 31-yard field goal that would have made it a two possession game? I don’t care if your kicker is 0-for-83 instead of 0-for-3, you have to try and take the points. And if you are going to run the ball, why not use Yeldon’s speed and have McCarron run an option pitch? No, he runs the most pedestrian of plays inside the tackles where Auburn stacks 14 players.

    Then, he refers to McCarron as “the best quarterback in the country” and he runs two draw plays at the end of the game to try to get into… wait for it… FIELD GOAL POSITION? And he’s got TWO timeouts to use. There’s a show of confidence in your leader.

    Then he trots out a kicker that’s attempted exactly TWO field goals in his entire career? From 56 yards away? BTW, a “56-yarder” is not a 56 yard kick. The goal posts are 10 feet off the ground. That kick is realistically 60 yards.

    Saban cost his team a genuine shot at remaining undefeated, and a potential historic three-peat. Sorry, Nick, this is on you. You owe your team an apology for letting them down when they needed you most.

  95. Deb says: Nov 30, 2013 10:14 PM

    thegloriousone says:

    Deb,

    Bama and the Steelers?

    Left me guess….you’re also a Yankees and a recently converted Miami Heat fan.
    ————————————————-
    Gee, I’ve never heard that before :roll:

    Though I was born in Florida and graduated from Mizzou, my dad and all his family are from Alabama. We were reared on Tide football. My brother even moved to Tuscaloosa and married a Bama grad who supplied a dowry of prime stadium parking passes.

    While the rest of my NCAA-devoted family napped on Sundays, I discovered the NFL and fell in love with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Have been a diehard fan for 35 years, spreading the love throughout the clan and to the next generation. This is why I am still rabidly loyal on years when we start out 0-4.

    I don’t watch anything played with a round ball.

  96. greggatx says: Nov 30, 2013 10:23 PM

    Oooh Darn it! I guess NO three in a row. What a great end to that game. That has got to hurt!

  97. readytorip1959 says: Nov 30, 2013 10:41 PM

    If it ends right now it looks like FSU, Auburn, OSU, Alabama. FSU rolled and OSU did not impress. We will see.

  98. totallysirius says: Nov 30, 2013 10:59 PM

    Auburn will not jump OSU.

    Although OSU looked less than dominating in their win, a bad win still looks better than a loss to the people who vote in the polls.

    The BCS wants undefeated teams in the championship game.

  99. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 30, 2013 11:10 PM

    Best game of the year….. maybe the decade…..

  100. southernpatriots says: Nov 30, 2013 11:13 PM

    Florida727: Kudos on a great and truthful post.

    Saban blew this game. He made some bad decisions and compounded them. He is considered a football genius, none prepares better than him, his team is more disciplined that any other team, they practice the field goal defense for this type of situation, they say. Then why did the Tide players for the most part just stand around and not have responsibilities when the field goal was high and missed, giving the returner a great opportunity to return it? No Tide defender ran within 20 yards or so after the returner, and yet they could see the game, the SEC championship and their hopes for a three-peat go down the drain with every stride toward the goal.

    Saban made similar decisions when he coached LSU. Some that really made lifelong LSU Tiger fans scratch our heads and wonder, “What was Saban thinking?”

    Congratulations to the Tigers, this time the Auburn Tigers! May you win the SEC Championship and the BCS NCG. I feel good that my LSU Tigers is the only team who defeated the Auburn Tigers this season.

  101. greggatx says: Nov 30, 2013 11:28 PM

    That Missouri game tonight was just as good! :-) Now those aggies have a worst record than Texas. Maybe Saban was thinking too much about retirement instead of football. It is nice in Austin this time of year. Just saying…

  102. Deb says: Nov 30, 2013 11:37 PM

    @crazyfootballfun and thraiderskin …

    Thanks for the positive comments. Especially soothing when tough losses are followed by bizarre attacks for being a lifelong Tide and 35-year Steelers fan. Trolls are very weird people.

    @southernpatriots …

    For once, I think Vern or Gary said something reasonably intelligent when one of them pointed out that Bama had no “athletes” on the field during that runback. Most of the Tide players were linemen who had no chance of chasing down the returner. Any others, I think, were simply in shock. However, we agree on Saban’s bizarre decision-making. He left me scratching my head as well.

  103. greggatx says: Nov 30, 2013 11:47 PM

    What’s weird are people like “Deb” who seem to think that this is just their comment section. We all love college football and we all like and dislike many different teams for what ever reason. So you need to get over yourselves. If you don’t like it that is just too bad. Go cry elsewhere.

  104. Deb says: Dec 1, 2013 12:06 AM

    @greggatx …

    Get over yourself, jackass. If little boys didn’t ask about my team allegiances, I wouldn’t explain them. I could care less who you root for. And, darlin’, I’ve been here longer than you have and will outlast you. So if you’re waiting for me to go elsewhere, you’ll have a long wait.

    As for crying … you’re the only one around here doing that. Bama fans, with three titles in four years, have nothing to cry about. Texas fans, on the other hand … you should buy stock in Kleenex. No wonder you’re so bitter.

  105. greggatx says: Dec 1, 2013 12:17 AM

    Deb: sucks to be you! I don’t care about your other teams. I’m sure they are only sc teams. Texas fans are not bitter but we do enjoy ALL college football games unlike YOU! BTW we are 7-1-1 against your tide. You got one win when our QB was injured onthe first quarter and it wasn’t that big of a margin either. Soooo go cry some crimson tears. No Three-Peat!

  106. vaphinfan says: Dec 1, 2013 12:19 AM

    Its funny how many people second guess 4 time national champion hc nick saban especially when i bet most of you would had tried a fg too including annoying fsu fans that have no clue. Its a lot harder to stay on top than to get to the top. I was really hoping to watch winston fail vs that bama defense.

  107. Deb says: Dec 1, 2013 12:31 AM

    @greggatx …

    Nahhh, you have no axe to grind at all!!

    Bless your heart, honey. Half of that didn’t even make sense. I enjoy college football as much as the next fan, though I do prefer the NFL. I have one college team and one NFL team, and both are like family to me. Some losses still hurt 30 years later, but I don’t feel any bitterness toward the fans, coaches, or players of the teams that beat us … even when key players were out with injuries. In fact, I can’t imagine being so bitter about any loss as you clearly are about the 2009 title game.

    No, we won’t three-peat this year. It’s not the end of the world. I’ve suffered far more disappointing losses. Oh … and no tears since I only cry when we win. But you have made my night because I’m in drastically better spirits than you are. :D

    RTR

  108. mogogo1 says: Dec 1, 2013 12:33 AM

    “Its funny how many people second guess 4 time national champion hc nick saban…”
    __________

    Doesn’t matter if it’s Nick Saban, Knute Rockne, or Jesus himself coaching… you get second guessed when a move like that blows up in your face.

  109. gquesen says: Dec 1, 2013 12:44 AM

    College football fans are the biggest jerks to each other. It’ll be funny if Ohio St. Loses to Michigan state, and FSU loses the title to whoever. That would be ultimate proof that the BCS is a joke.

  110. stevequinn says: Dec 1, 2013 12:50 AM

    Alabama missed 4, count them, FOUR field goals. They deserved to lose.

  111. blacknole08 says: Dec 1, 2013 1:01 AM

    What’s weird are people like “Deb” who seem to think that this is just their comment section. We all love college football and we all like and dislike many different teams for what ever reason. So you need to get over yourselves. If you don’t like it that is just too bad. Go cry elsewhere.

    ———————————————————–

    Agreed. And if you dare challenge her she will just belittle you and call you a jackass.

    She tries to come off as a victim but at the same time will willingly dish it out. She trolls too. BTW I have no beef with you Deb but don’t be a hypocrite.

  112. suprmous says: Dec 1, 2013 1:07 AM

    Not only are heads bein scratched I can assure you Mal Moore’s ghost is on it’s way back to haunt L’il Nicky and tellin him many more stunts like what he pulled earlier he won’t have to think about runnin off in the middle of the nite b/c the Boosters, the Athletic Dept; along with the Pres will be more than happy to show him to the front gate and how to get to the airport. Clearly his bein hyper today got the best of him. I can only imagine how many jaws dropped when it was noticed there wasn’t any coverage durin that 100+ yd run back that cost em the game.

  113. suprmous says: Dec 1, 2013 1:16 AM

    southernpatriots, thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringin up the way Saban was at LSU. That just confirms a lot of what I’ve been tryin to tell some of these folks but they don’t care to listen. Maybe now that you’ve said somethin they won’t berate me and call me all the ugly things they’d love to say but don’t yet do in their own way.

  114. greggatx says: Dec 1, 2013 1:28 AM

    Sorry “Deb” but your spirits are not nearly as high as mine. Both the aggies and the tide lost so to me its a early Christmas. Also I’m sorry about your comprehension skills. Bama grad right? It’s hard to be bitter when we have 7 victories and 1 loss against your tide and 76 victories against your aggies. You are not much of a football fan if you only have one college and one nfl team. Blacknole08: She already called me that. I do have a small beef with “Deb”. I enjoy a lot of college football. I have family and friend from many schools. It’s ashame that she only has one college team that she cares about. Very narrow minded. I guess living in alabama you don’t have people moving there from all over the country like you do in Texas. Oh well…

  115. boomgrounder says: Dec 1, 2013 2:01 AM

    The officials putting 1 second back on the clock after the 4th Qtr was ruled to have expired on the field by the officials was a horrible move by the referee and showed tremendous bias toward Alabama and Saban. Then the 109 yard FG return for a TD was justice. I called it watching it on TV. I said “watch the guy run the FG back for a TD”! Exciting to watch for an innocent bystander but that it was Karma really for Alabama and Saban. I mean when they signal time has expired on the field you typically go to OT or the game is over. Unless you’re Saban and Alabama apparently!

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  117. jhop86 says: Dec 1, 2013 3:09 AM

    If that happens, that would be an outrage. OSU has done all that it can to be in the NC game….Auburn has not.
    Auburn beat tide and Georgia OSU needs a stronger schedule if they are in the national championship they will be smacked by FSU coming from a pissed gators fan new coaching staff next year… Hopefully

  118. southlyn says: Dec 1, 2013 7:59 AM

    Outstanding game. Bama usually avoids losing games like this because they rarely make the mistakes that beat themselves. Missed field goals, a defensive lapse in the last minute to allow Auburn to tie it up, and then a wild turn at the end took the game from an overtime they probably thought they would win anyway.

    Some truths to be observed:

    1. Running though the schedule undefeated is really hard and rare;

    2. Road games at your rival are also exceeding hard to win;

    3. The flawed BCS “system” doesn’t match up the best teams, just those who have not stumbled. Nick Saban was right – at some point in the season it reverts to a tournament. You lose, you move to the back of the line behind the remaining undefeated teams.

    Looks like FSU and OSU IF they win out. If not, the SEC winner likely gets in.

    Unfortunately I don’t see the logic of Bama getting into the game sitting idle while competing teams are at risk in conference title games. You should first win your division, then your conference, before thinking about winning the national championship.

    That being said, Bama is still probably the most complete team.

  119. thegloriousone says: Dec 1, 2013 8:32 AM

    Deb,

    You are the one who brought up your Steelers. I just questioned your other teams because you sound like a front runner.

    The fact that you fell in love with the Steelers 35 years ago in the mid – late 70′s when the Steelers were in the midst of winning their 4 Super bowls in 6 years supports that theory.

    Whatever. If you’ve nothing to do today, check out ESPN. Your Tide is all over it this morning.

  120. tony34343434 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:01 AM

    Christmas came early this year.

    to hear these Bama fans knock a coach that has won you so much shows how moronic you all are.

    to hear all this crying is so great Keep it COMING.

    Dont forget Bama we root for the entire conference go SEC!!!!!! we are too insecure to root just for our school.

    Well i guess school is too strong of a word! TRAINING FOR THE PIGGLY WIGGLY IS BETTER!!!!

  121. xli2006 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:09 AM

    One of the best endings to a game in any sport in a long time… Maybe since Game 6 of the Cards/Rangers World Series a few years ago. For what was at stake, for how improbable it was, the “line of scrimmage TD pass”, the final second reversal, the 2 4th down stops, the decision not to kick the FG inside the red zone… and to finally end Alabama’s reign supreme on a 109 yd miracle.

    Incredible game. Congrats to Auburn, that was an instant classic that created a play that will be replayed for decades.

  122. navyeoddavee9 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:12 AM

    I think Northern Illinois, deserves to be in national championship game, as much as Ohio State, if u go the undefeated logic. Here’s hoping MSU, put to the rest, the idea of a mediocre team in the BCS title game.

  123. beljeff says: Dec 1, 2013 9:59 AM

    Love how SEC fans attack other conferences now that everyone got to see two overrated teams play some of the worst defense and field goal kicking in one game. Time for the BCS, coaches and news media to stop creating top 10 teams from an SEC conference that clearly is overrated.

  124. jjsooner says: Dec 1, 2013 10:01 AM

    I didn’t have a dog in that fight. You gotta tip your cap to both teams. Bama lost that game, Period. Special teams were absolutely not special. The game never should have gotten to how it ended. 3 missed field goals sums it up and the last miss was a dagger. Smart play by Chris Davis and terrific runback. Hell of a game for sure.

  125. jackharding47 says: Dec 1, 2013 10:07 AM

    The decision to attempt a field goal was abysmal. There is a reason NFL teams walk away from these “opportunities”. The likelihood of making the kick was almost nil. This was a virtual kickoff, with one exception: Bama didn’t have its coverage team on the field. You run this play 10 times, 8 times you get the same result. Sabin’s belief he could will the ball through the uprights was pure chutzpah. Too caught up in the game. He failed to coach the team up for the game, and he made the wrong decision at the wrong time. Plenty of blame. Sabin deserves the most.

  126. dhardy8207 says: Dec 1, 2013 10:29 AM

    Hard fought game and I’m still very proud of the Tide. Some might question the calls made by the coaching staff and rightfully so. However the expectations for this BAMA team were high because of back to back National Championships. I wish our Seniors all the best on their future journeys and I congratulate the AU tigers on their win..

    Roll Tide!!…………….

  127. beljeff says: Dec 1, 2013 10:32 AM

    Love how SEC fans attack other conferences now that everyone got to see two overrated teams play some of the worst defense and field goal kicking in one game.

    Let’s not forget the worst coaching in the history of football was also on display for all to see in this so called best game of the season.

    Overrated Bama beat by -Auburn – who could not even beat LSU. Sounds to like a second tier conference game to me.

    Time for the BCS, ESPN, coaches and news media to stop creating top 10 teams from an SEC conference that clearly is overrated.

  128. beljeff says: Dec 1, 2013 11:02 AM

    Overrated SEC Conference Exposed!

    Overrated Bama beat by overrated Auburn. Bama could not even defend a medicore running game. Bama clearly has the worst special team play in the nation.

    Auburn could not even beat an LSU team wih three losses. You know that LSU powerhouse with wins against the Kent State, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Furman and Florida, which currently has a 4-6 record.

    Lets not forget about Georgia and South Carolina, who came into the season ranked No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, now have a combined record of what?

  129. gatorfan1 says: Dec 1, 2013 11:09 AM

    Boy, this is interesting! Most on this board despise Urban Meyer AND the SEC.

    You SEC haters better hope OSU wins next week. If Auburn plays in NC, they will be no pushover for FSU.

    Remember, Malzahn was OC when Newton beat Alabama. His offense has now beaten Saban twice!

  130. baker4799 says: Dec 1, 2013 11:10 AM

    I’m an Alabama fan and can honestly say Auburn deserved to win after FOUR missed field goals.. Cade Foster really isn’t a bad kicker he just had a BAD game. You cannot give Alabama to much hell… Auburn is a good team, and Alabama is expected to win so much that if they loose its like the end of the world to the fans.. BUT it happens and I will still be an Alabama fan forever. Sugar bowl we come?? Hopefully.. Roll tide.:)

  131. mannydomer61 says: Dec 1, 2013 11:28 AM

    Bigbuckeye really auburn has not done everything and OSU has?
    Auburn strength of schedule #4 rank
    OSU strength of schedule. #52 rank

    I am tired of sec winning all the time but they do play the best brand of college football and OSU just keeps playing a weak ass schedule year in year out!

  132. tigersgeaux says: Dec 1, 2013 11:34 AM

    It would seem to me that Saban lost this game for Alabama. Some being nice would call it “overcoaching.” I would call it stupid and not just one stupid decision. Just like southerpatriots said Saban made some of those while coaching at LSU that lost us some games.

    A few years back, Bama missed field goals (I think it was 3) when LSU played there and won and Bama fans were saying LSU really did not win, actually Alabama won and they just lost the score. That included some Tide players. I wonder if rabid fans and a few Tide players will say the same thing this time that Alabama won the game, Auburn just won the score?

    Auburn Tigers: now win the SEC and the BCS…win it all!

  133. gatorfan1 says: Dec 1, 2013 11:44 AM

    tigersgeaux:

    I here what you’re saying about Saban. He did not have one of his best games.

    However, I’m not sure you want to reference that game or year about the 3 missed FG.

    There was a rematch that year and I don’t think LSU fans want to remember that. Maybe not the best example by you!

  134. alligatorsnapper says: Dec 1, 2013 11:47 AM

    beljeff: You’re a bigot and an idiot. The SEC teams beat up one another during the season, such as LSU and Georgia playing smash mouth football, resulting in numerous players on each team sustaining injuries. Georgia’s injuries were a little more and with key personnel. The next week they played Missouri and lost. If they had played some of the cream puffs in the B1G, rather than LSU, they likely would have beat Missouri.

    LSU loses to Alabama and then to the arch-rival Ole Miss in a close emotionally charged game, but beats TAMU. That is the SEC. The most competitive college football conference is the SEC. The most talented football conference in the SEC. Hate them or love them, that is the truth. If you love college football, you will eventually watch the SEC, where the big boys play.

    Get ‘em Tigers! Win it all! War Eagle!

  135. Deb says: Dec 1, 2013 12:17 PM

    tigersgeaux says:

    A few years back, Bama missed field goals (I think it was 3) when LSU played there and won and Bama fans were saying LSU really did not win, actually Alabama won and they just lost the score.
    ————————————————–
    Let me apologize for fools who can’t take a loss. Yeah, if we hadn’t missed all those field goals in 2011, we’d have won that game. And if we’d scored some TDs … And if … if … if … Iffin’ doesn’t make it so. LSU won that game, and congratulations to them!

    Bama kicker Cade Foster was receiving death threats and hate tweets after the game. That’s a sad commentary on the mentality of some fans. AJ McCarron said it best in a tweet last night:

    “Love my team!! Salute to AU players Great program but let me say this we win & lose as a team. If u blame this on 1 guy U aren’t a true fan!”

  136. beljeff says: Dec 1, 2013 12:20 PM

    Notice when truth exposed (SEC Overrated) those with no defense (like all SEC teams) resort to calling others names and bigots.

    A bunch of overrated and mediocre teams with no defense playing each other may make for interesting and mistake filled games, but it does not make it the best conference the country or justify their teams being bestowed national rankings to inflate their strength of schedule rankings.

    Frankly the SEC has been overrated all year and in fact has no team deserving of a title shot this year. Get over it and yourself SEC.

  137. gatorfan1 says: Dec 1, 2013 12:37 PM

    beljeff:

    How ironic that a preseason # 5 pick in the SEC west has a very good shot at playing for a NC.

    Yeah, you’re right, what a crappy conference!

    Boy do you know how ridiculous you SEC haters will look if Auburn wins the NC.

  138. Deb says: Dec 1, 2013 12:39 PM

    Yes, gloriousone (really?), I fell in love with the Steelers at the tail end of their 70s dynasty. With no family rooting interests, I was free to follow my heart … which went for the blue-collar team with a hard-hitting defense and smashmouth running game. Sounds a lot like Bama football, doesn’t it? Five minutes after I came aboard, the Steelers went into the Abysmal 80s. A “frontrunner” would have jumped ship and joined all her Florida friends wearing Marino jerseys. I’ve stayed loyal to the Steelers and always will.

    blacknole08 …

    I have no problem with you, either–unless you’re slamming my guys or declaring “Who cares about Bama?” on a Bama thread. Then the claws come out. A troll, by definition, is someone who goes to the threads of other teams and makes disparaging comments. I’ve never done that. Have been around here and PFT a long time and taken a lot of unprovoked shots. You’re right–I’ve learned to hit back hard. Self-preservation.

    greggie from TX …

    Since I just said I’m from Florida, graduated from Mizzou, and enjoy as much college footall as any other fan, it’s not my reading comprehension skills that need work. I’ve lived around the country and the world, and will match Florida’s diversity of population against that of Texas any day. Have no idea where you get off telling me what I care about, but can assure you I won’t be whining about this Iron Bowl four years from now. Your irrational temper tantrum about the 09 title game said it all. Suck it up, kid.

  139. beljeff says: Dec 1, 2013 12:44 PM

    SEC Overrated!

    Let’s not forget Florida got dismembered by Louisville in the bowl game last year. Before that, LSU was beaten by Clemson in their bowl game. South Carolina was lucky to beat Michigan and Georgia struggled against Nebraska. Better yet, Mississippi State got whipped by Northwestern, who hadn’t won a bowl game since the Harry Truman administration.

    As I already said, the SEC has been overrated all year. Frankly, OSU would have whipped Alabama’s ass last year and this year also.

  140. Deb says: Dec 1, 2013 12:49 PM

    tony34343434 says:

    to hear these Bama fans knock a coach that has won you so much shows how moronic you all are.

    ———————————————–
    You’re a Bama-hating troll, so it’s probably pointless to respond, but here goes:

    I still think Nick Saban is the best coach in college football today. But that doesn’t mean he’s infallible. Trying a 57-yard FG with one second on the clock when Auburn had the opportunity to win the game by fielding the kick and running it back was a foolish, foolish decision. The chance of making that FG was virtually nonexistent compared with the risk of it being fielded and run back with no defensive backs on the field to stop the runner.

    I still love and respect Nick and am grateful for everything he’s brought to Alabama. It wasn’t our year. No team can win every year. It’s not moronic for fans to point out obvious mistakes. It would only be moronic if we wanted him fired.

  141. normtide says: Dec 1, 2013 2:02 PM

    Wow, you would think we were on a 6 game losing streak. Three titles in four years may never be done again. Don’t get me wrong,, hated to see it end. But we knew it would.

    Eleven wins, top 5 in the BCS. Maybe 3 teams in the country can beat us. Everything is quite alright in the heart if Dixie.

  142. packergator says: Dec 1, 2013 2:16 PM

    beljeff,

    I guess OSU’s 0-9 record against the SEC doesn’t mean anything? Fool.

  143. 1990tiger says: Dec 1, 2013 3:28 PM

    It looks like I’m late to this party but I have a good excuse. I was at the game, didn’t leave Auburn until very, very late and had a long drive home….made much easier by memories of the end of the game. Best Iron Bowl ending EVER. The post-game celebration was the craziest I have ever experienced. It isn’t often you get to win the SEC West, beat your biggest rival, beat the top-ranked, undefeated and reigning national champion and ruin a Heisman candidate’s run all in one game much less on the last play of the game with 0:00 on the clock. As an Auburn fan, I thought the 2010 Iron Bowl was one of the greatest games ever but the crazy ending of this game will never be forgotten and will be replayed over and over.

    As good a coach as he is, Saban was outcoached by Malzhan at the end of the Iron Bowl game and his players outplayed on that last play. Saban made a huge mistake not trusting his kicker earlier in the 4th quarter when he could have put the game away. It was like he was trying to send the kid a message. Also, I can’t believe he didn’t consider that a 57-yard kick may fall short (or get blocked at the line) and returned.

    Admittedly, I thought all hope was lost when it was 21-7 in the first half and again mid-way through the 4th quarter with the clock running out and Bama having a chance to kick a field goal. I still can’t believe that finish.

  144. beljeff says: Dec 1, 2013 4:02 PM

    Alabama skated by last year when OSU was inelible. Actually hope Aulburn and Florida lose next week so we can watch OSU’s running game show the entire country just how overrated the Tide and rest of the SEC has been the last two years.

    The SEC’s biased PALS in press, BCS’s farce of a computer rating system and SEC’s mediocre confrence games and late year patsies won’t mean squat when the playoff system starts next year. Get ready for OSU to be in the NC game for some time to come you cry baby SEC suckups. Urban Myer and OSU will dominate for years!!!

  145. greggatx says: Dec 2, 2013 3:34 PM

    Deb there is no irrational temper tantrum about the ’09 loss. We have consistently beaten the tide over the years. The University of Texas Longhorn football team’s all time record against the Southeastern Conference is 34 wins, 16 losses and 2 ties, through the 2009 season. Their all-time record against current SC members is 95-46-4. We are 17-6 against your missouri tigers. no wonder y’all dislike Texas. Every school goes thru down years but I have noticed that sc teams are not exactly banging down the doors to play Texas. I do agree with you about fans turning on a coach because of a bad game here or there. It’s pretty crappy if you ask me. I blame the players more than the coach. But they are just kids and will alway make mistakes.

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