A-Day Games: Auburn and Alabama will garner national attention on Saturday as the teams' intrasquad spring scrimmages will be televised. Alabama's will be on ESPNU at 1:00. Auburn's game will be on ESPN at 2:00.
We all know where Auburn and Alabama were in the college football landscape at the end of last season. Remember where they started?
Yes, Alabama was gunning for its third straight championship as the preseason #1. Auburn was unranked bringing in a new coach after its worst season in decades.
In January, the Tigers were just seconds away from winning its second title in four seasons. Alabama lost its second game in a row, the first back-to-back losses since 2008.
So, as we prepare for 2014 and get a preview of this season's teams at Saturday's A-Days, one thing will be certain - expectations will be high for both programs when they kick off in August.
Phil Steele recently released his preseason projections for the upcoming AP Poll. Florida State was number one and will be picked by just about everybody to repeat.
Steele has Alabama at #2 and Auburn at #4 behind Oregon. If this holds up at the end of the regular season, the Tide and Tigers could have a rematch with the new four-team playoff.
At the end of the regular season last year, Auburn was #2 and Alabama was #3. If this year's system had been in place last year, the two would have likely played in a semifinal.
This year's model does not require that the top four teams in the polls make the playoff. A selection committee will make that determination and could pick any four teams regardless of rankings.
It will be difficult for both Auburn and Alabama to be among those four, since they play each other at the end of the regular season. But, if both teams are undefeated, or like last year have only one loss each after the matchup, it could happen.
Looking at previous history in the preseason AP rankings, the last time Auburn went into week one as a Top 5 team was in 2006. That season, Tommy Tuberville's Tigers were #4.
Alabama has been a Top 5 pick in each of the past five seasons.
The last time both teams started a season in the Top 5 of the AP poll was... (hold it...) (pause...) - NEVER. The Associated Press College Football Rankings have been around since 1936.
Not once has Auburn and Alabama started a season together in the Top 5. Hard to believe in a football crazed state.
Based on rankings, going into this season, anticipation should be at an all-time high for Auburn and Alabama fans as a whole. The way it finished last season was about the most exciting year in my memory bank.
Signees: Two Tallassee wrestlers will be signing their letters of intent on Monday at 1:00 at THS. Josh Epperson is going to Newberry College in South Carolina. BJ Thomas has committed to Marion Military Institute.