GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WDHN) — There was a record crowd at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Saturday with just under 91,000 to watch the Gators and Tigers.
Prior to the contest, fans of both teams would argue the strengths of their team and the deficiencies of the opposition.
“It’s going to be a real low-scoring game,” Atlanta resident Drew Williams said as a man screamed “Go Gators” behind him. “It’s gonna be a lot of defense, a lot of run game, a lot of run game tonight, and I’m expecting a low-scoring game, but I’m hoping Auburn comes out on top.”
For one Auburn student from Andalusia High School, it was a time to look for tickets outside the stadium and even have his picture taken with former Auburn Great Linebacker Reggie Torbor.
“It was a smooth little trip down here from Auburn,” Andalusia resident Chase Hopkins said. “Both my parents actually went here so it’s pretty cool being down here.”
It was a strange set of circumstances for Florida associate athletic director Jay Jacobs. In the 1980’s, Jacobs was an offensive lineman for Auburn.
He would spend 20 years at his alma mater and eventually become its school’s athletic director. When WDHN asked whether it was a bittersweet experience to see his old team, Jacobs preferred not to comment.
“No, I don’t want to talk about it,” he said. “No, I’m good. Great day for the gators, I hope Auburn goes 11-1.”