Let The Football Countdown Begin!


By Catalina Trivino

The start of college football is less than a month away. With today being Auburn and Alabama's first day of practice, what can fans expect this upcoming season? And what are there concerns?

The Auburn Tigers and Crimson Tide are getting ready to kick off another season of college football.

But with all the excitement, there are still questions as to how each team will move forward. With A.J. McCarron drafted to the Cincinnatti Bengals sports analyst, John Longshore says it's all about replacing the team's quarterback.

"Jacob Coker coming in from Florida State is a huge addition, but Blake Simms has been at Alabama for years. He's kind of learned and he's certainly paid his dues. I think there will be a battle there," Said Longshore.

Fans like, Aaron Vickers, are set on their pick.

"Sims is like more or less like a running type quarter back. He's a dual threat. But Jacob Coker, I heard, is a dual threat, as well, but he's more of a pocket-passer, so I'm kind of going for that with him because we need that pocket-pass," Said Vickers.

But as Alabama fills the shoes of it's former quarterback, the question for Auburn after reaching the National Championship -- can they do it again? And win it?

"They've got 16 returning starters coming back, a lot of them are skilled position players, particularly the quarterback position under Nick Marshall. Still a little uncertainty with him because of an off the field issue," Said Marshall.

Quarterback, Nick Marshall, was cited over for marijuana possession during the off-season. While he won't start the opener against Arkansas, fans say that's not their biggest worry.    

"Games on the road. Towards the end of the season, Alabama and Georgia [games]... away from Jordan-Hare Stadium... that's always going to be a tough trip. And those teams being back-to-back is really going to be a challenge," Said Auburn fan, Ian Maloy.

Challenges fans from both teams say they'll be ready to watch in 29 days.

Both of the fans we spoke with say it's hard to predict what will happen this season. They say they're going in with no expectations. Longshore says he thinks one of these teams will take the SEC Championship.

Auburn opens its season against Arkansas while Alabama will play West Virginia on August 30th.