Iron Bowl week is here for the State of Alabama. Auburn University is the site of the big rivalry game for 2015. The Alabama Crimson Tide comes in with only one loss. The Auburn Tigers will walk into Jordan-Hare Stadium with a 6 and 5 record. WKRG News 5 caught up with former Alabama Head Coach Gene Stallings in Gulf Shores. He believes it will be a great game to watch.
” I feel like Auburn’s blessed with some good personnel. They’ve just had not had the good luck that they need to have the consistency that Alabama has . I think it’s going to be a pretty close game myself,” said Stallings.
Stallings was the Tide’s head coach from 1990 to 1996. He lead the team to a National Championship for the 1992 season. Of course, Stallings also coached under the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant at Alabama and played for him at Texas A&M. Stallings says the Iron Bowl rivalry is unlike most in college football.
“When I was at Texas A& M, the big game was Texas A& M and Texas. We talked about it the week before the game and the week after the game. The Iron Bowl, they talk about it every day of the year. You go into any restaurant, into any café in the State of Alabama on July 1, January 1, August 13, and they’re talking about the Iron Bowl. That’s the reason this game has such an importance,” said Stallings.
The coach also had plenty to say involving this year’s game and games in the recent past. WKRG asked him about the infamous “Kick Six” play which ended with Auburn’s surprise upset in 2013 with just one second on the clock.
“It was a great play on Auburn’s part, poor protection, poor coverage on Alabama’s part,” said Stallings.
Gene Stallings seemed pleased with Alabama’s season, but he is not happy with the second year of the college football playoffs system.
“I’m not for the playoff system the way it is. I feel like anytime you have people picking who the top 4 teams are, they got a chance at making a mistake,” said Stallings.
WKRG News 5 will broadcast an Iron Bowl Special: Battle for Braggin’ Rights on Thanksgiving Day at Noon and 10:00 P.M.
The Iron Bowl game will be shown on WKRG News 5 Saturday, November 28. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m.