Imagine graduating from college and becoming a nationally recognized superfan of your alma mater’s biggest rival.
That’s essentially the dilemma facing Auburn graduate Katherine Webb this week, who’s staring down the barrel of an extremely uncomfortable situation as her boyfriend, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, prepares to travel to Auburn this Saturday for the Iron Bowl.
According to Mike Foss of For The Win, Webb admitted she was “nervous” about attending the game during a recent interview with USA Today.
“This is the first actual game, Iron Bowl, that I will be attending.” Webb said. “I don’t know what to expect and I’m really nervous.”
If you’re one of the few, blissfully unaware college football fans, Webb is a former Miss Alabama who graduated from Auburn University in 2011 and began dating McCarron shortly thereafter.
Naturally, Webb’s support for her boyfriend’s football career has included a full allegiance shift from Auburn to Alabama. On Saturday, she will be at Jordan-Hare Stadium, and apparently, she isn't the only one with concerns.
Honestly, I don’t know what to expect. AJ, just in his protective nature, we talked about it [Wednesday] night. And he was like "I’m concerned. I don’t know what the fans are gonna do." And I’m like "It’s okay. I’ll be sweet, genuine and nice like I always am if anything were to happen."
What's really fueling Webb’s anxiety, however, is the outcome for her boyfriend. No. 1 Alabama (11-0) is poised to head to its third BCS title game in a row and fourth in five years. Losing at No. 4 Auburn—while not necessarily fatal—could put that into question.
“I’m not nervous about the fans,” Webb said. “Of course I want to see A.J. have that fourth championship ring, so I really want them to do well. That’s what I’m nervous about. I’m not nervous about his talent or abilities as a player. Of course, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about the outcome.”
McCarron, 36-2 as a starter, recently became the winningest quarterback in Alabama school history. He has led the Crimson Tide to back-to-back BCS titles in 2012 and 2013, and he received a ring for ‘Bama’s 2009 title as a redshirt freshman.
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