Bosley Ready For Final Iron Bowl

Senior center Jason Bosley talks about preparing for his final game against rival Alabama.

Auburn, Ala.--Last season the SEC athletic directors vote that every team plays a game the week before the championship game finally went into action. That meant the Auburn-Alabama would be played during the week of Thanksgiving, making for an even longer two weeks for both teams.

That's particularly true this season for the Auburn Tigers. Struggling all season long on offense, Auburn finally got something going last week in a loss to Georgia. Coming up short on two fourth quarter drives, senior center Jason Bosley says that makes things even more difficult because of the wait.

"It's tough," Bosley says. "You want to be able to get back on the field as quickly as possible, especially after this past weekend and a tough game like that. We're bouncing back really well. We've got after it and really worked hard. That's all you can do is try not to think about it being a week and a half away and just take it a day at a time. It will be here before we know it."

Bosley knows of what he speaks. A fifth-year senior, Bosley has been involved in four wins over Alabama and is looking for number five this season. Overall, Auburn has won six consecutive over the Crimson Tide and Bosley says number seven would be even better.

"It's what you come to Auburn for," Bosley says. "It's particularly special for me being a senior. It's my last regular season game. It's my last time to play these guys. It's what Auburn football is all about, playing Alabama. Teams are defined by this game."

Last season Bosley earned the start against Alabama as the Tigers won 17-10 in Jordan-Hare Stadium. The offensive line paved the way for 165 yards on the ground in the win, but Bosley says what he remembers most is the feeling he had going into the stadium that day knowing he was starting in the Iron Bowl.

"Last year was special being my first start in the Iron Bowl," Bosley says. "Now this one will be special being my last start in the Iron Bowl. This game is different than any other game you'll ever play in. As soon as you step on the field in warmups you can tell the atmosphere is different. As soon as you step off the bus you can feel it. It's a huge game. It's what it's all about."

This season has been some up and mostly down for the Tigers as they enter with a 5-6 record and needing a win just to become bowl eligible. On the flip side Alabama is 11-0 and ranked number one in the country. Bosley says despite what the records say and what is written, he's expecting nothing less than a classic next Saturday.

"If we were to win this game a lot of things would go away that have happened this year," Bosley says. "It would be a great way to finish. It's going to be a good game. We're excited about it and we know they're excited about it too.

"I don't think records really matter in this game," Bosley adds. "It doesn't matter who's ranked or who's not ranked. You've seen in the past that you can throw records out the window because it's going to be a good game. This game is all about heart and pride in both schools. Both teams have a lot of friends and family that are affiliated with both schools. It's a fistfight. It's going to be a classic."

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