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ESPN color commentator Todd Blackledge used to do a segment every time he called a football game known as “Taste of the Town.” He went go around to all his favorite local eateries in various college towns and pig out on a vast array of culinary delights.

Until I can properly digest the outcome of the national championship game between LSU and Clemson and this week’s basketball game between Auburn and Alabama, I’m taking a look back to 2019 and remembering some of the legendary sports figures who are no longer with us.

Bruce Pearl isn’t just known for his work on the basketball court as Auburn’s men’s coach. He’s also been a constant support of the fight against cancer, and he and his organization have done a lot of work locally over the years to help in this community.

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As far back as I can remember, National Signing Day for high school football prospects around the country was always on the first Wednesday of February. It was a big deal full of overhyped drama and excitement.

The College Football Playoff is now set and for the first time since its inception, Alabama will not be a participant thanks to the Auburn Tigers. You’re welcome America.

We are on the heels of yet another incredible Iron Bowl. What a game it was! Both teams played their hearts out. I’m just thankful the good guys came out on top. It got me to thinking of my most memorable Iron Bowl matchups throughout my lifetime — that I remember.

I said last week this year’s Iron Bowl was going to be very difficult to predict. There were several unknowns that made it nearly impossible to truly know what to expect.

When Joseph Bulovas’ toe met football leather with two minutes left in the Iron Bowl, there was slow-motion anxiety for every Alabama fan. Misses, pulls, yanks, shanks and doinks from years’ pasts came flooding through their memories like some demented, torturous highlight reel from hell. 

The 93 points scored in Saturday’s Iron Bowl are the most Alabama and Auburn have combined for in the series in games played at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The previous high was 62 in 2013.

One year ago, student veterans from Auburn University and the University of Alabama used their Thanksgiving break to lace up their boots, throw on their rucksacks weighing 22 pounds, and march 151 miles from the “Plains” of Auburn to the “Druid City” of Tuscaloosa to raise awareness for vete…

Holding Samford to 114 yards while forcing four turnovers, No. 16 Auburn tuned up for the Iron Bowl with a 52-0 shutout Saturday at rainy Jordan-Hare Stadium.

To the average college football connoisseur, this Saturday’s Iron Bowl may seem rather uneventful. That’s understandable; it’s simple math: Auburn’s lack of offense plus Alabama’s injuries times negative-Tua Tagovailoa equals less national interest.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to envision a scenario where Gus Malzahn’s tenure as head coach at Auburn University end’s on a positive note. It might be this year, next year or even the year after due to an exorbitant buyout, but I sense Auburn powerbrokers coming to a breaking point.

Tuesday has to be the least respected and appreciated day of the week. Mondays signal new beginnings, Wednesdays let you know you are halfway home, Thursdays have the best TV programming, Fridays usher in the weekend, Saturdays are all for football and Sundays are made for chilling.

The disappointment of Auburn losing to LSU for the 10th straight time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was magnified Saturday by the incredible performance of Kevin Steele’s defense.

Auburn versus LSU — there is no match up in college football that produces the drama, craziness and overall tomfoolery as this game. Most years this contest is a barnburner (and in 1996 there was even a literal burning barn backdrop).

No. 9 Auburn, playing in its second top-10 matchup this month, held No. 2 LSU to a season-low 23 points Saturday, but the upset bid from the visiting Tigers came up short in a 23-20 loss on the road.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since people completely lost their minds leading up to the year 2000. All anyone wanted to talk about was Y2K and how everything was going to “shut down” at the stroke of midnight.

Auburn defenders Marlon Davidson and Derrick Brown set the tone on the opening series while the Tigers’ quick-strike offense scored seven touchdowns in No. 11 Auburn’s 51-10 SEC West victory at Arkansas on Saturday.

The Carolina Panthers drafted Cam Newton with the first overall pick of the 2011 NFL draft. Newton has been a standout talent since his youth. A three-sport athlete as a youngster, Newton gave up baseball and basketball at 14 to pursue a career in football.

We are at the halfway mark of the college football season, so what better time to re-evaluate my preseason prognostications?

The No. 7 Auburn Tigers officially served notice to the SEC and college football world on Saturday they are legitimate contenders in 2019.

Auburn’s perfect record in Kyle Field remains intact after the eighth-ranked Tigers went on the road Saturday and knocked off No. 17 Texas A&M, 28-20, in their first SEC game. With the win, Auburn is now 4-0 all-time in College Station.

The No. 8 Auburn Tigers (3-0) will travel to College Station, Texas, this weekend and take on the No. 17 Texas A&M Aggies (2-1). It will be the eighth meeting between the two teams since A&M joined the conference in 2012.

Revving up the running game, No. 8 Auburn rushed for 467 yards and six touchdowns in a 55-16 homecoming win over Kent State Saturday in the Tigers’ tune-up for SEC play.

The Auburn Tigers are 2-0 on the season and ranked No. 8 in the country by the Associated Press. They are also one of only six teams in the nation with a quality win over a top-25 opponent.