AUBURN – Ted Roof has been a part of some serious rivalries, but he says there’s nothing like the one coming Friday when No. 2 Auburn plays No. 11 Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Ted Roof congratulates Demond Washington after game-clinching interception against South Carolina/Todd Van Emst photo
Roof, Auburn’s defensive coordinator and former star Georgia Tech linebacker, says he’s not a seen a college football rivalry to compare to it.
“It’s a fierce, fierce rivalry and one you live with 365 days a year when you live in this state,” Roof said Monday. It doesn’t let go. It stays with you. It is certainly the fiercest I’ve ever been a part of.
“Georgia-Georgia Tech is a big rivalry, but In this state, it’s just different. I can’t really explain it. I can just tell you it’s different, because I’ve lived it.”
Roof says it is driven home, not just on the field but in traveling the state.
“Wherever you travel in this state you know by the way people look at you whether they are for you or against you,” Roof said. “That’s just part of living in this state, part of the privilege of being part of this. It’s quite a privilege as a coach and a player to be part of this game.”
The Tigers had their first open date of the season last weekend, and Roof says practices for Alabama have been “sharp.”
“They’ve been very attentive, very eager,” Roof said. “The extra time those kids are putting in, you can tell there is an increased sense of awareness or whatever you want to call it. There is definitely a sense of urgency for us to get better and come out and play well on Friday afternoon.”
For much more from Roof, click below for the video of his interview.