The Southeastern Conference will try to win its eighth-straight BCS title when Auburn plays Florida State in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 6 in the last version of the current format to determine a national champion in college football. And while there are plenty of great football fans across the country, it was a handful of SEC supporters who dominated the headlines in 2013.
With the crazy finish to the 2013 Iron Bowl (where Rob Bramblett, the Voice of the Auburn Tigers, delivered this memorable radio call), you figured there were plenty of War Eagle fans at home sharing similar emotions. And there were — including Jason McKinney. ESPN ran a feature on the Auburn fan after the home video McKinney's wife shot of his reaction to Chris Davis Jr.'s 109-yard return on a missed field goal went viral.
And McKinney wasn't the only fan with ties to the Iron Bowl in the news. Far from it. Who could forget the night of Jan. 7 in Miami Gardens where Alabama defeated Notre Dame 42-14 to capture the Crimson Tide's third BCS championship in four seasons? The game was one thing. But the moment ESPN announcer Brent Musburger called out Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron's girlfriend, Katherine Webb, in the stands was truly memorable.
Will the SEC lead the way on — and off — the field in 2014? That remains to be seen. But we'll certainly have fun watching.