Governor Kay Ivey made a public announcement on the eve of the Iron Bowl, previewing the game and announcing her unwavering support for her alma mater.  

On Saturday, the University of Alabama's Crimson Tide will travel to Jordan-Hare Stadium to take on the Auburn Tigers at the most anticipated matchup of the year for Alabamians.  

The day after Thanksgiving, Ivey previewed the Iron Bowl while letting her ever-so-slight bias for Auburn shine through by referencing the school's famous 1972 victory against the Tide.

"This game has been etched in the hearts of Alabamians, and probably even discussed around the Thanksgiving dinner table, for over a century now, creating moments that live on in our memories," Ivey said. "I still get goosebumps remembering the 'punt, Bama, punt' game. And while I may have a soft spot for orange and blue, I've got friends on both sides, and either way, our state comes out on top. So, here's to another Iron Bowl. May the best team win. But when it comes down to it, Saturday, you'll catch me yelling 'War Eagle.'"

No. 8 Alabama (10-1, 7-0 SEC) stumbled early in the season, dropping a game in Week 2 to Texas. Since the loss, Alabama has improved each week and rattled off an eight-game win streak to clinch a spot in the SEC Championship Game.

Coming off one of the worst losses in the history of the program to New Mexico State, Auburn will have the home-field advantage against the Tide.

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