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My 2019 Iron Bowl Experience (Bonus: I met Laura Rutledge!!)

This past November (2019), I experienced probably the most exciting game I’ve ever gone to in my 14 years on this Earth. The Iron Bowl, one of the greatest games ever played. Auburn – Alabama, two in-state rivals fighting for basically the ultimate title of sports in the great state of Alabama. I am so thankful I got to witness this awesome, very intriguing game. Here’s my story of my 2019 Iron Bowl experience.

It was the Saturday after Thanksgiving that my dad and I made our regular pit stop, Krystal, on the way to Auburn. It was a tradition that each time we go to Auburn, it’s a necessity that we get our three scrambled eggs, bacon, grits, and a biscuit. After that we continued on our way to Auburn.

I’m always ecstatic when we enter the loveliest village on the plains. I absolutely love Auburn and I’m probably the biggest Auburn fan you will ever meet. Leading up to the game, we went inside Auburn Arena, we looked in some bookstores, Tiger Walk, and one of my favorite parts of college football games, tailgating. The food, the energy, the rowdiness, and the music are just a few things I love about it. Then we went to Toomer’s Corner, the place to be in Auburn. It was absolutely rockin’ and we couldn’t even get Toomer’s lemonade.

After all that, it was time to enter Jordan-Hare Stadium. I had my orange and navy eye-black on along my white Cam Newton Auburn jersey. I felt the immediate electricity as I walked through the tunnel as the beautiful Pat-Dye Field catches your eye. Two teams, warming up on opposite sides of the field, each player locked in and ready for what will be a tough battle every second of the game.

My view in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The Iron Bowl intro always gives me the chills, the importance and the competitiveness of the game all compiled into one short video. Seconds later, both teams came storming out of their respective locker rooms. The combination of cheering and booing were filling the air. Before you know it, the football was placed on the tee ready to be kicked off. The mixture of WARRRRR and ROLLLLLL just waiting to yell EAGLE, HEY and TIDE, ROLL!

If you are reading this post, I’m assuming you know the story line of the game. Bo Nix and Mac Jones fighting it out while both defenses just could not hold up the opposing offense. But let’s fast forward a bit toward the end of the game…

It was 2 minutes remaining in regulation, Tide down by 3, Joseph Bulovas trotting out to attempt a 30-yard field goal. The Auburn defense had fought the entire drive, including a huge play by future top 10 NFL Draft pick, Derrick Brown. It all came down to one… final… kick. Simple right? Well…. the history of Alabama kickers overall is not pretty, especially in Jordan-Hare. Crowd going wild, perfect snap, perfect place, the kick… then it hit… dead on. Now better known as “The Doink”. The second it ricocheted off of the left goal post, the crowd of 87,400 erupted. Stadium shaking, drinks flying in the air, shakers being shaken a million MPH. Then the moment the “invincible” Nick Saban got outsmarted on an outstanding trick play, with the game ending in an illegal substitution? Yes, you heard it right. Jaylen Waddle, back deep to receive a punt on a play that was never even going to happen. I bet you didn’t know Gus Malzahn had that in his back pocket did you? Bo Nix knew it, Gus knew it, we all knew it.. the moment the ref pulled that flag out of his pocket and onto the field. Nick Saban was completely livid. And to be honest, we love to see it. And just like that, Alabama was out of the College Football Playoff conversation.

When that clock hit 0:00, the field suddenly turned from green to a sea of orange and blue. Fans rushing the field, a lovely sight to see at a football game. Then the annual Rammer Jammer after each Iron Bowl. Every Auburn fan yelling at the top of their lungs, every Bama fan listening to a chant in which is very painful to their ears.

Aftermath of rushing the field.

Then it was our turn to rush the field, and it was an amazing feeling. My dad and I were having so much fun, taking pictures left and right. Soon enough, security was telling people to clear the field. We walked to the exit on the opposite side of the field just because why not. And I’m so glad we did because…!!

Me celebrating on the field!
Me and my dad on the field!

I have been watching SEC Network and ESPN for sooooo long. Every Saturday morning in the fall, I’m tuned in to College Gameday and SEC Nation. And every time I watch SEC Nation, I always admire how Laura Rutledge hosts the show and how she analyzes everything about college sports so well. And that’s exactly who we saw exiting the field. She was getting ready for a post-game live shot. I asked for a picture and the rest was history. I couldn’t believe that had just happened. I was SO HAPPY!!

Picture with Laura Rutledge!!

Then to top it all off, we saw Marlon Davidson (Auburn DE), future Atlanta Falcon, and Daniel Thomas (Auburn DB), future Jacksonville Jaguar, running across the field to the Tiger locker room. They ran literally right by me and I quickly said “Marlon!” and he ran back to me to give me a fist bump!! Really nothing crazy about that, I just thought it was cool.

Then we went to roll Toomer’s, which was soon to be a winter wonderland later that night. After each win, the heart of Auburn would be glowing with white toilet paper hanging from the trees and traffic posts. It was purely astonishing.

One tree at Toomer’s Corner!!

Then was the traditional Waffle House in which we got there at about almost midnight.

We drove home Sunday morning and I’ll tell ya, I had zero interest in going to school the the following day.

To wrap it all up, this was my Iron Bowl experience this past college football season! This was an awesome game, and I got to sit their and watch it happen right before my eyes! And to make it even better, I met Laura Rutledge!! If y’all enjoyed go to my blog comment and my company subscribe by visit this site right here putting in your email on the right hand side (only on computers)!! Thanks for reading!!

TOP TEN BIG 12 FOOTBALL STADIUMS! (YOUTUBE VIDEO)

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TOP 10 SEC FOOTBALL STADIUMS!! (MY FIRST YOUTUBE VIDEO!)

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Top 10 SEC Moments of the Decade (Up Until 2017)

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3 Things to Cure Boredom With No Sports

I think I speak for everyone when I say it is boring without any sports. This whole thing just makes you appreciate it so much more. I’m going to tell y’all some things that I do that keeps me in a good mood with the inability to watch the greatest thing on Earth (okay, I might of exaggerated a little bit, but I still love it so much).

Number One : Watch replays of your favorite team from the past season. This is probably the most obvious thing to do with mostly all the ESPN networks are airing replays. During the season, I always record games and watch them later. Then after the season is over, I delete the ones that we lost. As I was saying, you can watch games that gets you in the “feel” of that specific season. And that “feel” is a great feeling. One of the best games to watch is a big game that had big implications on conference or College Football Playoff contention. Or you could watch one that your team just blew out the other. For example, if I was an LSU fan, I would watch the game against Alabama because it was a huge game and obviously, the Tigers won. Or if I was an Florida fan, I could watch the game vs. Tennessee, with a 34-3 final. This is just a great and time consuming idea that you could do when you’re bored at home without sports.

Number Two: Watch highlights or pump-up videos on YouTube. I do this all the time when I’m bored and need something to watch/do. It never gets old to watch a couple college football highlight videos paired with some tunes that will get you goin’. You can also watch season highlights of specific teams. There are hundreds of videos on YouTube that you can watch to get you hyped for the upcoming season. That is, if there is one…

Number Three: Stay up to date on sports news and recruiting. When sitting at home scrolling through your phone and you’re craving college sports, go on websites like 247 Sports for recruiting news. Staying up to date on the future “Zion Williamson” of college basketball or the next “Joe Burrow” of college football is always fun and helpful. In fact, you could also watch high school highlights from your team’s star recruit. This is just an idea that can get you interested into incoming college players.

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Bayou Bengals Take Down the Tide

The Tigers of LSU defeated Alabama handily on Saturday with a score of 46-41. The Crimson Tide were not themselves and committed way too many careless errors.

The Tiger offense led by one of the top quarterbacks in the nation, Joe Burrow, went down to Tuscaloosa and managed to produce 46 points!! That is extremely tough to do when you’re on the road in Bryant-Denny against a very stout defense. Everybody always talks about the passing game with Jamar Chase and Justin Jefferson. But LSU’s running game is very underrated with Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He had an amazing 7-yard run with 1:37 left in regulation to put LSU up by 12.

After this game, I think that Joe Burrow is the front runner for the Heisman. Burrow went 31/39 passing, 393 yards and had 3 TDs against Bama.

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Clyde Edwards-Helaire and
Joe Burrow

My Top 3 Heisman Predictions

There are a lot of contenders this year that are competing for the Heisman. It is still very close and there is a lot of football left to be played. Also, injuries play a huge impact in outcome. Here are my predictions for the Heisman winner.

  1. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma QB
  2. Joe Burrow, LSU QB
  3. Justin Fields, Ohio State QB
Jalen Hurts

A lot of people think Tua Tagovailoa will be in that top 3 or at the Number 1 spot but I don’t think Tua will ever get back to himself this year after his high ankle sprain against Tennessee. Comment your Heisman predictions and subscribe by entering your email on the right side!!

CPF Predictions After Week 8

There are six undefeated teams in the top 10 after Week 8: Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Penn State. Here are my College Football Playoff predictions after Week 8.

  1. Ohio State
  2. Clemson
  3. LSU
  4. Alabama (with Tua)

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College Football Week 3 Picks and Preview

There are many great and important games during this third weekend of the college football season. There are interesting games in a variety of conferences this weekend, and here are my picks and predictions about what week three holds.

The first game that intrigues most of the college football fans is No. 12 LSU at No. 7 Auburn.  This will be a very physical game in the trenches.  Ed Orgeron’s  front seven was very dominant in their win against Miami.  But LSU linebacker Devin White has showed more greatness than any other player for the Tigers. Last year, he managed to produce a total of 133 tackles and 13.5 tackles for loss.  But we’ll see how the young and inexperienced offensive line of Auburn will hold up against the talented LSU defense.  But then comes the Auburn defensive line, and this changes the whole ball game.  During College Football Sunday, the day after the Auburn vs. Washington game, Tom Luguinbill described the Auburn defensive line as “creatures”.  The starting Auburn front 4 is composed of Nick Coe, Marlon Davidson, Dontavius Russell, and Derrick Brown.  I do not think the LSU offensive line can hold this incredible and scary defense.  I also think the Auburn offense will be too strong for the LSU defense.  I think Auburn will defeat LSU 27-13.

The next match up is Ohio State and TCU.  College Gameday will be covering this game on Saturday morning.  This means there is a ton of hype around this game. However, this prediction is pretty simple in my view.  I think Dwayne Haskins, Mike Weber, and J.K. Dobbins will dominate the TCU defense.  I also believe that the Horned Frogs will not be able to move the football against the very good Buckeye defense. I think the final score will be 28-7, in Ohio State’s favor.

 

 

The third game that will be interesting is Alabama and Ole Miss.  This has always been a close game in the past.  But I think this will be closer than people think.  I think it will be a battle of the offenses.  I think both defenses will have their worst game of the season.  I predict the Alabama defense will come up clutch and make a big stop and then Tua Tagovailoa will lead his team to big touchdown to put the game away.  I think the Crimson Tide will beat the Rebels 32- 21.

Showdown In Gainesville

Saturday, June 9, is game one of the Gainesville Super Regional between Auburn and Florida. The matchup between the two MLB first rounders Casey Mize (AUB) and Brady Singer (FLA) will be must-see TV.  The Auburn junior managed to have a 2.95 ERA while being 10-5 in the win/loss column.  Meanwhile, Singer started 14 games for the Gators and put up a 2.27 season ERA.

These teams are pretty even as of right now.  The injury of JJ Schwarz against Miss State really seemed to be the negative turning point for the Gators.  Florida third baseman Jonathon India has made multiple errors in the postseason that he would not of made earlier in the year.  They were run ruled by LSU who are now out of the tournament.  They also barely escaped their own regional with Jacksonville, FAU, and Columbia.

On the other hand, the Auburn Tigers are probably the hottest team in the country right now.  The Tigers scored 40 runs and never trailed in the Raleigh Regional.  Auburn’s first baseman, Josh Anthony, has really picked up his game in the postseason.  Anthony went 4-5 (batting) with a pair of singles and two doubles in the regional final against the NC State Wolfpack.

Will the Florida Gators survive a best 2 out of 3 series against the red hot Auburn Tigers?

Or will the Tigers take down the No. 1 seed, in a somewhat surprising fashion?

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