Iron Bowl Saturdays in Alabama are usually crazy, but this year's edition ended up producing chaos on a widespread scale. However who ended up having it worst at the end of the day? The Tide's College Football Playoff hopes after their 26-14 loss, Alabama basketball or Auburn fans who tried to storm the field?
The College Football Playoff's nightmare scenario happened with Alabama and Miami both losing. If Auburn can beat Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game for the seocnd time in four weeks, the Tigers would be in the playoff and the Tide could be on the outside looking in.
Saban though did try to state his team's case after the game, saying: "I think this team deserves an opportunity to get in the playoff by what they've been able to accomplish and what they've been able to do. They won 11 games, and not many teams are able to do that. I really don't know what all the scenarios might be, but I'd certainly like to see this team get an opportunity to do it."
Saturday will go down as a frustrating day for the entire University of Alabama athletic program.
At the same time football was losing to Auburn, Avery Johnson's basketball team ended up having just three players on the court for the final 10:41 against Minnesota a the Barclay Center Classic after the entire bench was ejected for going on the court during a fight, another player fouled out and John Petty got injured.
Alabama trailed by 14 with 10:17 remaining but got within 83-80 late before losing 89-84.
— Stadium (@WatchStadium) November 26, 2017
Despite being down to three players, the Crimson Tide outscored the Gophers 26-16 after Petty left with the injury. Freshman Collin Sexton finished with 40 points, with most of his points coming in the second half.
"We fought to the very end," Johnson said. "There was no surrender in our team. That's the bright spot in today's game."
HEDGES 1, FANS 0
The Tide weren't the only ones who struggled at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Auburn fans who couldn't jump over the hedges to storm the field and celebrate the Tigers' win had a hard time trying to get out of them.
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) November 26, 2017
After the win, the SEC fined Auburn $250,000 fine for storming the field. Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement that “Fans are expected to remain in the stands and avoid the safety concerns associated with rushing on to the playing field. We want exciting experiences around SEC games, but also seek to maintain a safe environment for student-athletes, coaches, spectators and officials.”