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Dispatches From Bowlvania: First Steps

The initial stage of our journey into the 2013 bowl season takes in the desert sights, Vegas lights, outsize chives, and Crescent City …

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How FSU vs. Auburn Stacks Up Against Other Title Games from BCS Era

When Jan. 6 rolls around, Florida State and Auburn will play in the final BCS title game, ending the format's 16-year reign as the preferred way to determine the national champion. In its place will come a four-team playoff, something that football fans have yearned for for years.<p>BCS National …

The Craft Beer Market Has Exploded, And Now Brewers Are Worried About A Collapse

In the immortal words of Homer Simpson: <i>Mmm, b-e-e-e-r.</i><p>Jen Kimmich sighed at the chaos. She knew what they'd come for. They'd been arriving every Monday for the past two-and-a-half years, more every week, to the point where they now crowded the parking lots of the nearby Phinne nail salon and the …

Auburn Football: How to Slow Down Gus Malzahn's Offense

To say that Gus Malzahn's first year as head coach of the Auburn Tigers has been a whirlwind would be an understatement. Just one year removed from his first collegiate coaching gig—a one-year stint with Arkansas State—Malzahn has led the Tigers out of a 3-9 abyss and into a BCS National …

Georgia Man's Xmas Lights Set To Famous Auburn TD Call

It’s a Festivus Miracle!<p>Robert Burton of Fayette County, GA, has an interesting Christmas lights display this season. The lights are set to the call …

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Auburn fan creates Christmas light display set to radio call of Iron Bowl game-winning touchdown (Video)

Much like the Penn State display we wrote about last week, an Auburn fan put an Iron Bowl twist on the Christmas light display at their home.<p>Using a …

Attempting to Explain All the Quirky Things Gus Malzahn Has Auburn Doing

Gus Malzahn's first season as the head coach of the Auburn Tigers has been nothing short of phenomenal.<p>The longtime high school coach in Arkansas took his scheme to college in 2006 with Arkansas and has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top. A stop as the offensive coordinator at Tulsa (2007-2008), …

Auburn's 2013 SEC Title Win Shows Gus Malzahn Is Ready to Take SEC from Alabama

It's hard to describe exactly what Gus Malzahn and these Auburn Tigers have done this season.<p>In just a matter of months, this team has flipped the Southeastern Conference upside down.<p>Just a year ago, the Tigers were winless in the SEC, buried at the bottom of the conference standings. Saturday …

Fun with Numbers: Sizing up Ohio State vs. Auburn/Mizzou

The Ohio State Buckeyes will get the nod over a one-loss Auburn or Missouri, despite much BCS debate. Numbers might help you decide who's more …

Franklin, Marshall emerge in Year of QBs

In a season in which the quarterback play in this league was as good across the board as it’s ever been, a funny thing happened on the way to …

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2013 SEC Championship breakdown: 10 things to know about Auburn-Missouri

Everything you need to know about Saturday's SEC Championship (4 p.m. ET, CBS) between Auburn and Missouri. Who finds room between the tackles? Who's making plays in the backfield? Who wins Jay Prosch vs. Andrew Wilson?<p>As recently as two weeks ago, the smart money was on Alabama facing South …

The waiter who was stiffed for a tip by Alabama fans after the Iron Bowl isn’t an Auburn fan

By now you may have heard about the waiter who was stiffed for a tip by some Alabama fans after he talked about “being proud of Auburn” after their …

Amazing Compilation: Fan Reactions To Iron Bowl Ending | Alabama-Auburn VIDEO

You’ve seen how the Iron Bowl ended. You’ve seen the fall out in the Top 25 rankings. Now see how complete strangers reacted to one of the greatest …

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Grumpy Alabama Fan Leaves Auburn Server a 'Roll Tide' Tip

Depending on whom you are talking to in the state of Alabama, Saturday was either the worst day or best day ever. Seems like server Forrest, an Auburn Tigers fan, was a little too chatty for this table of Alabama Crimson Tide fans.<p>Thanks to Busted Coverage for the find.

The 2013 Iron Bowl: Auburn should be dead, because we watched it die

But it's not.<p>You should be dead, Auburn.<p>There are five bullet holes in your jersey and singe marks on your pants. Those marks on your helmet are ... machete? Broadsword? Those bullet holes are right in the middle of your chest, where you would shoot a man to end his life. And yet here you are, …

Iron Bowl 2013: Winner of Alabama-Auburn Will Determine BCS Championship Game

One participant in the BCS National Championship Game will almost certainly be determined on Saturday when the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide hits the road to take on the No. 4 Auburn Tigers for SEC supremacy.<p>For the Crimson Tide, things are a bit more certain at the moment. Head coach Nick Saban's …

Video: Week 14 SEC Conference Call

In this week's SEC Conference Call, Chris Low looks at common problems from Alabama's recent losses which Auburn can exploit Saturday.

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Video: SEC Game of the Week

ESPN.com writer Greg Ostendorf breaks down the Iron Bowl between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Auburn in the game of the week.

SEC Teleconference Notebook: Iron Bowl, Nerves and Will Muschamp on Play-Calling

Every Wednesday afternoon, the SEC coaches line up one-by-one on the weekly coaches' teleconference to take questions from the media members from around the country.<p>The Iron Bowl, nerves heading into rivalry weekend and the play-calling of Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease were some of the …

Katherine Webb to cheer Alabama

When quarterback AJ McCarron leads Alabama into Auburn on Saturday with an unbeaten record and a shot at the SEC title on the line, he'll be cheered …

5 things Auburn needs to upset Alabama in the biggest Iron Bowl ever

The odds are certainly in Alabama's favor in this Saturday's SEC West championship rivalry game. But let's take a look at what Auburn needs to do to pull an upset.<p>Spoiler alert: In one of the biggest games in the history of one of college football's biggest rivalries, we have a pretty good idea of …

Ex-Bama coordinator Johnson, now with Auburn, has seen it all

Ellis Johnson used to roll with the Tide, but Saturday will marks his first Iron Bowl coaching for Auburn. The sage coordinator has been key to the …

Video: Mentality key for Auburn

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn speaks with Tom Rinaldi about bringing a hard-nosed mentality to Auburn, plus the importance of the Iron Bowl and its SEC …

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Auburn Tigers QB Nick Marshall Is the X-Factor to Beat Alabama Crimson Tide

The Iron Bowl is upon us, and No. 1 Alabama will travel to take on No. 4 Auburn this weekend. Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall looks to continue his recent success and lead Auburn in the upset.<p>College football analyst Michael Felder breaks down what you need to watch for Saturday.<p>Can Marshall rely …

Q&A: Coach Gene Chizik on Auburn ouster, team's current success

As the Iron Bowl approaches, former Auburn coach Gene Chizik reflects on his final days as the Tigers' coach and the program's return to national contention.<p>AUBURN, Ala. – Gene Chizik has been crossing a lot of items off his bucket list lately. In September, he took a quick trip to Boston see a …

Auburn's Strategy to Upset Alabama

The 78th Iron Bowl is shaping up to be one of the best yet.<p>No. 1 Alabama will travel to No. 4 Auburn for the matchup. The Crimson Tide have rolled over opponents all year, but the Tigers present their greatest challenge yet.<p>Nick Marshall rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns against Tennessee, …

VOD: There is now an Iron Bowl theme song, and it is ridiculously catchy

“This ain’t a game, people. I’m talkin’ ‘bout the Iron Bowl.”<p>Sing it loud and proud, Alabamians, because that is part of the chorus of this insanely …

Auburn church offers parishioners ‘humility’ following Iron Bowl

With the biggest Iron Bowl in recent history on tap this weekend, the Auburn Church of Christ is preparing to help its parishioners move forward with …

The Iron Bowl is a referendum on American overkill.

Let us take a moment this week and give thanks for the outright failures of a man named Spright Dowell, a career educator with a Lyle Lovett haircut …

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