The Auburn vs Alabama Iron Bowl 2010 is a big deal no matter what. Yet the Auburn vs Alabama Iron Bowl 2010 stands to be the most historic in many years. Months ago, most thought that this game would just have the Tide try to stay perfect, as in the last two years. But this time, the Tigers are the BCS contenders who are two wins away from the national title game. However, if they are stopped in the Iron Bowl, the showdown could break the mid-major glass ceiling once and for all.
There are just two weeks left in the college football season, and a limited amount of chances left to change the national title chase. Oregon, Auburn, Boise State and TCU are the last four unbeatens, although Oregon and Auburn will play for the championship if they win out.
Therefore, the Iron Bowl may be the best chance to alter that. Although the Tigers still have the SEC championship game next week, South Carolina isn’t expected to pose a bigger threat than the Tide. As such, a win today would make most experts consider them a lock for a title slot.
As for the Tide, they have been reduced to a spoiler after two losses to South Carolina and LSU. They may not get to defend their national championship – but the last thing they want is for the Tigers to succeed them. In addition, a win today could give them a shot at a BCS at-large berth.
If the Tide pulls off the upset, then all hell will break loose in the BCS. The Auburn vs Alabama game is the best chance for Boise State or TCU to move up to No. 2 and make mid-major history. Boise State will be watching closely before their own big showdown tonight at Nevada.
Oregon is also getting a big test against Arizona tonight, so they could also slip up and give the mid-majors a shot. Yet the Ducks will be playing at home, and may have already gotten their one big scare against Cal. Therefore, the Broncos and Horned Frogs are putting most of their hopes on the Tide today.
The Tigers have already survived the brunt of the Cam Newton scandal so far, and all of their SEC challengers. Therefore, the Iron Bowl may seem like nothing, especially since the power dynamic of Auburn vs Alabama has shifted this year.
Still, the Tide remember how the Tigers nearly wrecked their championship year last season, as massive underdogs. They know that records don’t matter in the Iron Bowl, even if a team has exceeded or failed to meet expectations beforehand.
The biggest Auburn vs Alabama battle in years starts in Tuscaloosa at 2:30 p.m. est on CBS.
The Commercial Appeal- “It’s Auburn vs Alabama – enough said”