Iron Bowl Itís here. The whole world, well the whole college football world, is aware that the Tide and Tigers will tee it off tomorrow at 3:30 pm eastern time. And everyone has penciled in a win for Alabama. This Auburn team is better than they have been given credit for and will pose a threat to the Crimson Tide.
Challenge was the word of the day for Petersen, who joked that he's sort of glad he hasn't had time to study Alabama's defense . . . Tuscaloosa News
Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus was the guest and he was there to present the award named in his honor to the nation's top collegiate linebacker, Alabama senior Reuben Foster . . . Bama Magazine
The top-ranked Crimson Tide defense doesn't have a single player in the top 100 of the tackles-per-game standing . . . Mobile Press-Register
A general top three of Georgia, Alabama and Michigan (in no order) could still be accurate, or he could be back to square one with these five schools . . . Birmingham News
Bradley Bozeman, Bo Scarbrough, and Jonah Williams on offense; Anthony Averett, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Reuben Foster, and Dalvin Tomlinson on defense; and Trevon Diggs, Derrick Gore, Keith Holcombe, and Josh Jacobs on special teams were recognized Monday . . . Bama Magazine
Alabama and Auburn really are who we thought they were . . . Birmingham News
Ranking all 40 college football bowl games for 2016-17 . . . CBS Sports
Despite hype, Crimson Tide met every challenge . . . ESPN
There are only two teams that really "want" Alabama because Clemson and Ohio State are the only two teams with any realistic shot to compete with the Crimson Tide for 60 minutes. Alabama won't have to play both of them because the committee seeded the top four this way . . . Mobile Press-Register
Auburn has every right to be disappointed about Saturday's loss to its biggest rival, but it by no means should be ashamed. Alabama is the best team in college football by a wide margin . . . Opelika-Auburn News
LSU is sticking with Ed Orgeron, giving the interim football coach his dream job on a permanent basis . . . Los Angeles Times
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