Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham is effusive about playing in his first Iron Bowl.
Alabama's Jalen Hurts had much less to say when asked whether he likes playing in these kind of big-game environments. "I like winning," he said simply.
The two sophomores have both done just that. They've led their teams into Saturday's game between the sixth-ranked Tigers and No. 1 Crimson Tide with Southeastern Conference and national title hopes still intact .
"It's very exciting," said Stidham, a Baylor transfer. "Looking back on everything, you know, I think this is exactly why I came here, to play in a game like this with these kind of implications....