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The day is finally here. Game day. Auburn vs. Alabama. The Iron Bowl. But not just any Iron Bowl. The top-ranked and undefeated Crimson Tide visiting once-beaten, #4 Auburn. While I prefer to stay above the rhetoric, hype, hoopla, trash-talking and other BS that has preceded kickoff, make no mistake about it -- I am an Auburn man.

My grandfather was a respected businessman and church deacon there. My father was born in Auburn, graduated from Auburn High School and attended the university before transferring. My uncle was the golf coach at AU for more than 20 years. I graduated from Auburn in 1982. I worked in the athletic department's sports information office for David Housel, who later became athletic director. I've met two of our three Heisman Trophy winners, Pat Sullivan and Bo Jackson. I interviewed Charles Barkley when he was a freshman known as the Round Mound of Rebound.

I am an Auburn man.

That being said, I also have great respect for our opponent today. Alabama's legacy on the gridiron is unmatched in college football and this year is no different. They have a great team again. They have won two national championships in a row and three of the last four interrupted only by Auburn in 2010. The challenge for Auburn today is enormous. Alabama, the mighty Crimson Tide, is more than a two touchdown favorite even on Auburn's home field.

Do I want Auburn to win -- hell yeah! Do I think Auburn can win -- of course! Do I expect Auburn to win? Looking at the game realistically, Alabama appears to be the better team on paper. I expect Auburn to play hard, play with pride, play with purpose. Do that and who knows what can happen?

Win or lose, I am proud to be an Auburn man. Go Tigers! War Eagle!