Owen Pappoe, Auburn’s new 5-star linebacker commit, has a bold prediction for the Tigers’ performance against Alabama in future Iron Bowl matchups with him on the Plains.
Last Tuesday, the player from Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga., and a member of the Class of 2019 spoke to FOX 5 Atlanta shortly after his commitment to Auburn. He didn’t hold anything back when asked if he had a message for Alabama.
“Man, we’re going to go 4-0 against them,” Pappoe told FOX 5 Atlanta. “We’re going to go 4-0.”
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That’s a strong statement from Pappoe, who likely was dealing with a rush of emotions after making his college choice known. You can understand his excitement. Still, it’s probably not the best idea to predict a 4-0 run against Alabama.
After all, the Crimson Tide have won three of the last four Iron Bowl matchups. As long as Nick Saban is coaching Alabama, it will be hard for Auburn to string together consecutive victories against the Crimson Tide. The Tigers won each meeting between the rivals from 2002-07. But since then, Auburn has claimed just three victories in the series.
Still, Tigers fans — and new Auburn commits — own bragging rights for the moment after Gus Malzahn’s team beat Alabama last November. That is, if you ignore that little detail that the Crimson Tide went on to win the national title despite not claiming an SEC West crown.