This is the time of year when rivals square off for bragging rights. You’ve got the Iron Bowl, the Egg Bowl and the Bayou Classic. There’s the battle for the Palladium, the Old Oaken Bucket or the Little Brown Jug.
First-year Alabama State assistant DeMarco McNeil has been on the inside of two of the best, coaching at the University of Tennessee last year as the Volunteers prepared for the Third Saturday in October with Alabama and, of course, as a former Auburn standout who played and coached in the Iron Bowl.
The Turkey Day Classic, he says, compares favorably with those big-school rivalries.
“It’s at the top,” McNeil said. “Nowadays, there aren’t too many games I would want to play in at this point, but this is one of them. First of all, it’s homecoming so everybody’s coming back for that. It’s Thanksgiving and it’s on national TV, so everybody’s going to be watching, and there will be a capacity crowd.
“This is one of the games I would want to play in.”