The 2010 Alabama vs. Auburn Iron Bowl has more value than just bragging rights this year. Now a spot in the BCS National Championship Game could be on the line, and it has caused a buzz about the game already. That’s pretty amazing, especially since the Alabama vs. Auburn game doesn’t even take place until Friday, Nov. 26. If both teams continue at their current pace, they will be playing for the SEC West divisional title and an automatic spot in the 2010 SEC Championship Game. There is still a lot of football between then and now, though.
For Auburn, they just need to get past two homes games against Chattanooga and Georgia in order to take an 11-0 record into the 2010 Iron Bowl. Chattanooga is currently 5-3 and in third place in the Southern Conference, while Georgia is having a rough season at 4-5 in 2010. Neither team is very good, so if Auburn were to lose one of those games, it would not only be a huge embarrassment for their season, but it would probably crush their hopes at playing into the 2010 BCS National Championship. With so many of the players already looking toward the game against Alabama, though, the coaches need to work at preventing a late-season stumble.
The road to the 2010 Iron Bowl is a bit tougher for Alabama, as they first have to take on No. 10 LSU in a road game on Saturday, Nov. 6. LSU is 7-1 in 2010, the same record as Alabama, and still has hopes of getting an at-large invite to one of the BCS bowl games. After LSU, Alabama has to also play No. 20 Mississippi State on Nov. 13 and then Georgia State in a tune-up game before their Auburn match-up. That Georgia State game should embarrass Alabama fans, but it should give the Crimson Tide a second half rest for most of their good players before they take on Auburn the following week.
The Alabama vs. Auburn game is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 26, and will provide some great excitement not just for the two teams, but for the world of college football. They haven’t yet announced the game time, probably hoping that both teams can win again this weekend in order to make it even more attractive to a primetime audience. If Alabama beats LSU on Saturday, expect the 2010 Iron Bowl to get a set time, and for the fever pitch to get even more deafening about that game. Maybe it’s odd that so many people are talking about that game already, but with undefeated teams falling left and right, it could be the chance Alabama needs to get back into the title game.