It doesn't matter that Auburn University made a stunning comeback in this year's Iron Bowl. Or that few teams draw his ire more than the Tigers. When Smith and his colleagues at the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center are sneaking peeks at the score of the BCS National Championship Game between Auburn and the University of Oregon Ducks, Smith will quietly be cheering for the Tigers to bring the national title back to the Yellowhammer State for a second straight year.
"Any time Alabama gets beat by a certain team it leaves a sour taste in your mouth," said Smith, 39, of Mount Olive. "But they're from the state of Alabama and I'll pull through and pull for Auburn."
Of the two dozen Alabama fans polled for this article, slightly more than half were willing to set aside their Crimson Tide allegiance. The rest refused, under any circumstances, to support the Tigers.
I wonder who Paul Finebaum is pulling for?
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