GAINESVILLE -- For a change, the Iron Bowl might actually mean something this year. Auburn at Alabama is No.2 on our short list of possible upsets we DIDN'T expect to shape the SEC.
Auburn at Alabama
Why this game matters: This is the toughest away game (excluding a non-conference trip to West Virginia) for the Auburn Tigers in 2008. Historically, Jordan Hare Stadium is one of the toughest places to play in the SEC and Auburn gets LSU, Tennessee, Arkansas and Georgia at home. The conference schedule favors Auburn in the even years (undefeated in 2004 and shoulda-coulda-woulda in 2006) but this is the first time Auburn takes on a Saban-coached Alabama team in Tuscaloosa. No one expects Alabama to play for the conference championship this season, but the Crimson Tide sure could spoil Auburn's chances with an upset.
Florida fans would hate this, of course. The Gators would love another shot at Auburn after last season and the SEC championship game would be the perfect venue for such a rematch.