By J.M. Comer
The dust of the first week settles and both Auburn and Alabama stand at 1-0. Both take their first step toward entering the Iron Bowl as undefeated teams. Of course neither will be undefeated by the time the Iron Bowl rolls around. Maybe it will happen two years from now, but not this year. As the young season unfurls, this weekend Auburn gets its second tough game in a row against the dangerous South Florida Bulls in a prime time slot on ESPN2 as Alabama will surely struggle with Vandy in Nashville on Lincoln Financial’s game of the week.
From week to week we’ll try and analyze the Auburn and Alabama ‘s struggle for the hearts and minds of the state’s young fans and nationwide sports fans and the helmet-crushing tackles of recruits. Five wins in a row helps Auburn ‘s battle with Bama, sure, but what happens this year at the Tide casts its lot with Crimson Lord Say-ban? Does hope spring eternal and all focus turn to the Tide’s new head coach over five years of Auburn ‘s total and complete domination in the Iron Bowl? What happens when Auburn wins this year at Jordan-Hare Stadium? Most Bama fans will give the Tigers the 2007 Iron Bowl. But what happens next year when the Tigers roar into Tuscaloosa and extend the 100+ year winning streak at Bryant-Denny Stadium? Will Coach Tuberville’s Tigers break the will of the Crimson Nation, sending the mercenary Lord Say-ban to slink off to coach at an equally desperate University of Michigan?
At least for this week as far as the “Glamour War” is concerned, Auburn stands tall over Alabama . While Auburn and Brandon Cox gutted out a last-quarter win over the Big 12’s Kansas State on nationally televised prime time ESPN, the University of Alabama dismantled the feared Western Carolina Catamounts 52-6 on what network? No network? Oh … awkward. (The “Crimson Tide Radio Network” doesn’t count, Bubba!)
And I’m guessing the bright lights and big-game atmosphere Saturday night at Jordan-Hare helped in recruiting since the Tigers landed the verbal commitment of two speedy prospects from Florida that attended the game.
Maybe the Crimson Tide landed some verbal commitments, but no information has bubbled from the dark cauldron that is Tuscaloosa .
The only thing for sure is that Tiger fans can relish five in a row for 78 days. Smell the glove, Bama!