Alabama and No. 11 is now the highest ranked SEC team in the AP Poll through just four weeks. The Tide has climbed nine spots from its preseason No. 20 ranking. Success in the second half of non-conference play is crucial to starting the SEC schedule on the right foot and ensuring steady improvement through the season.
Freeze will come back to the SEC after being fired at Ole Miss due to problems with the NCAA. His record during his time in Oxford officially says 12-25, however 27 wins were taken away due to his violations meaning his was 39-25 over his five-year span.
Nick Saban is now 11-5 all time against the Auburn Tigers while leading Alabama. He undoubtedly will enjoy Saturday night's victory, however when this performance gets placed under a microscope will he be left wondering why his team didn't perform throughout the year as well as it did in the 87th Iron Bowl.