'I hope they're a little nervous today': Hugh Freeze sends message to Nick Saban, Alabama football

Hugh Freeze was introduced as the new Auburn football coach at a news conference Tuesday.

When asked about how he felt matching up against Nick Saban in the Iron Bowl every year, Freeze took the opportunity to express his respect for Saban and his excitement for the rivalry.

He also sent the Sabans and the Crimson Tide football program a message.

"You don't take this job if you're not built to want that. I welcome that, I want it, I want to be in that arena, I really enjoy that type of game," Freeze said.

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"I have great respect for Nick. He and Miss Terry have been really good friends to us, but I hope they're a little nervous today," he added.

Freeze had a 39-25 record during his tenure with Ole Miss, including back-to-back wins over Alabama in 2014 and 2015. Saban holds the advantage over Freeze, 3-2 in their five meetings.

In 2014, the Rebels beat Alabama 23-17 behind a three-touchdown effort from quarterback Bo Wallace.

Chad Kelly led the Rebels to a 43-37 win over the Crimson Tide in 2015 in Tuscaloosa. It was the Rebels' first win at Bryant-Denny Stadium since 1988.

This article originally appeared on Montgomery Advertiser: Auburn football coach Hugh Freeze sends message to Nick Saban