November 20, 2012

NOTEBOOK: Auburn sees Tide as 'just guys'

AUBURN -- Alabama currently is a 31-point favorite in the Iron Bowl.

It's been that kind of year.

Auburn (3-8) hasn't accomplished much of anything this season. Yet everything that occurs prior to kickoff Saturday simply will be prologue to what happens during those late-afternoon hours.

Those three-plus hours will determine the tenor of discourse within the state well into 2013. A win, in some ways, saves what seems like a lost season and players know that.

"The game -- you don't need a speech to get hyped for this. It's Alabama-Auburn," defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker said. "We're not afraid because of your record or because they're Alabama.
If there's one place that's not intimidated and afraid, it's going to be Auburn. No matter how the country looks at them or whatever. If there's one place and one team and look at them and say: They're just guys, it's Auburn."

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