It is hard to believe, but it has been roughly 365 days already and the annual Iron Bowl meeting between Auburn and Alabama is on the horizon.
Alabama comes in with a 10-1 record and has itself in position to play for both the SEC and BCS championships. The surprising loss to Texas A&M just two weeks ago may turn out to be the best thing that could have happened to the Tide in lieu of last week's upsets of Oregon and Kansas State.
For Auburn, things have not gone so well. The Tigers are just 3-8 on the season, and their only wins have been against lightweights and FCS schedule fillers. To make matters worse, the program is under NCAA investigation and it may be in the market for a new coach by this time next week.
Because of all of this, Alabama is favored to win this game by more than four touchdowns, a number one would think impossible in such a rivalry.
Even with the miserable season that Auburn has suffered, a win over Alabama this week would right all the wrongs and ruin Alabama's season to say the least. However unlikely it may be, that's what the Tigers are thinking.
As for the Tide, this game is another golden opportunity to knock down their "little brother" from across the state and continue to build on the empire that is Crimson Tide football.
Here is everything you need to know about the 2012 Iron Bowl.