Katherine Webb's Auburn-Alabama Outfit Is an SI Swimsuit Edition Highlight

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 02:  Katherine Webb attends the 2nd Annual NFL Honors at Mahalia Jackson Theater on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
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Most of the early Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition buzz has centered around cover beauty Kate Upton, and for good reason—there isn't a hotter name in the modeling business today. 

But for my money, one of the biggest highlights of the new issue is Katherine Webb's sexy half-Auburn, half-Alabama, half-skin photo.

Hmmm, I may have too many halves there. No matter, this photo is hot enough to defy basic math. If you haven't seen it yet, Yahoo! Sports tweeted the photo for your viewing pleasure:

She also posed in shoulder pads, which I promise is much sexier than it sounds and you can see here.

This photo has "buzz-worthy" written all over it. For starters, Webb is drop-dead gorgeous, and this photo is dripping with sexy. But you know all about Webb, because Brent Musburger ensured that you know that.

That's another reason this photo resonates—Webb has become a household name since the BCS National Championship. This won't be the last we hear from the Alabama beauty.

But this photo is so great in that you just know it will both be the cause of and solution to quite a few arguments down in the Heart of Dixie.

There will inevitably be those folks that can't stand an Auburn girl dating an Alabama quarterback, AJ McCarron. This will offend a few hyper-sensitive folks on either side of the rivalry, and this photo will only enflame that silly debate.

But you also know that at some point, a few dudes will be arguing about the rivalry in a bar when someone, annoyed about hearing that same argument for the 1,756th time, will show this photo and remind everyone that the two schools can share some pretty wonderful things, too.

Because if folks from Auburn and Alabama can't agree that this photo is totally hot, what can we agree on? What hope is there for humanity at ever unifying and living in peace if we can't even come to the conclusion that, yes, Webb is smoking hot even in a half-Auburn, half-Alabama swimsuit?

So remember, everyone—at its core, this photo represents world peace, or something like that. And hey, if nothing else, it's definitely a highlight of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

Not as lofty as world peace, but it'll do.

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