Saturday, January 4, 2014
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The state of Alabama's stranglehold on the BCS national title has showcased the best and worst of a football-mad populace.
No. 2 Auburn will try to bring a fifth consecutive championship to the state Monday night against No. 1 Florida State and Alabama native Jameis Winston, the third Heisman Trophy winner during that span with state ties.
Sometimes football rains glory on the state, other times embarrassment.
An Alabama fan allegedly shot and killed a fellow fan who wasn't distraught enough over the two-time defending champions' loss in the Iron Bowl.
Another 'Bama fan, Harvey Updyke Jr., served some six months in jail after poisoning Auburn's two iconic oak trees.
Auburn center Reese Dismukes says college football in the South, and particularly Alabama, "is unlike any other place."