Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, a Heisman Trophy contender who is trying to lead Alabama to a third consecutive national title, is apparently worried about his girlfriend’s safety in this Saturday’s Iron Bowl.
Webb went to Auburn, and college football’s most intense and storied rivalry gets kicked up to another notch this week as Alabama, ranked No. 1 in the BCS, and Auburn, ranked No. 4 in the BCS, square off with both teams having SEC title and national championship aspirations.
The game will be played at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn this year, minus the famous oak trees at Toomer’s Corner because a crazed Alabama fan poisoned them in 2011, symbolizing how out-of-control the rivalry often gets. Though Auburn is often like the insecure little brother that always tries to punch up in the rivalry, Alabama fans have been known for their fair share of mischief in a game that is talked about 365 days a year in a state in which college football is the only game in town, every day, every year.
“Honestly, I don’t know what to expect,” Webb told USA Today. “AJ just in his protective nature, we talked about it (Wednesday) night. And he was like, ‘I’m concerned. I don’t know what the fans are gonna do.’ And I’m like, ‘It’s OK. I’ll be sweet, genuine and nice like I always am if anything were to happen.’
McCarron has won back-to-back titles and also won a ring as a redshirt freshman, when Alabama won its first national title since 1992-93 when they beat Texas in the Rose Bowl after dramatically beating Auburn in the Iron Bowl, when Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy found Roy Upchurch with just over a minute left in a 26-21 comeback victory at Auburn.
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