What if Auburn and Alabama scheduled their annual football game to open the regular season instead of end it? Would that take anything away from the game? Or would it add to it?
Having the Iron Bowl cap the regular season allows tension to build, I suppose. But neither side spends the season thinking a lot about that game at the end.
There are other games taking their attention beforehand. Even the summer is taken up by thoughts of other games.
This past off-season, folks were talking about the Alabama-Texas A&M showdown, rather than Auburn-Alabama.
Would that change if Auburn and Alabama kicked off the season? Would the off-season conversation be centered on the Iron Bowl?
Or would the game be big no matter when they played?
After all, the rivalry between the two fan bases already transcends the game. The two sides fight it out every day of the year in every way, shape and form.
Raise your hand if you looked at those USA Today all-academic teams (that have nothing to do with sports) and counted to see whether Alabama or Auburn had more students on the list.
Maybe the best answer is that it doesn't matter when these two teams play.
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