Alabama was expected to beat Auburn, but this wasn't always the case for the Crimson Tide's upperclassmen. That's what made this win memorable.
Many top-rated high school prospects have had to take a detour to the juco ranks before playing Division I ball. That's been the case for several Alabama standouts, whose success has been shaped by going down the more difficult path.
After a season in which it was a scapegoat, Alabama's special teams unit has stepped up and been a big reason for the No. 1 Crimson Tide's fast start.