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The best description of what the Alabama-Auburn football rivalry is all about was given to me many years ago by Gene Stallings, who coached the Crimson Tide from 1990-97.They talk about the Alabama-Auburn game on New Years Day. They talk about in on Memorial Day. They talk about it on the Fourth of July. They talk about it on Labor Day. They talk about on Thanksgiving. They talk about it on Christmas Day. They talk about it 365 days a year. And if youve never lived in the state of Alabama you cant possibly understand.That about sums it up. No college football game in my memory is so ingrained into the daily life of a state. And Ive often said that to call Alabama-Auburn a football rivalry is to vastly understate what it actually is: It is a culture war and the people of the state just use football to fight it.The games have become so famous that they can be summarized with just a few words:Pick Six.Punt Bama PuntBo Over The Top.There so many dramatic and historic moments, in this rivalry:1989: The first time the game was ever played at Auburns Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn upset No.2 Alabama 30-20 and knocked the Crimson Tide out of a chance at the national championship.1985: Van Tiffins 52-yard field goal on the last play of the game to give Alabama a 25-23 win in Birmingham.2010: Auburn rallies from a 24-0 deficit to beat Alabama 28-27 in Tuscaloosa on the way to a national championship.On Saturday there will be another showdown between these two storied programs. Alabama (10-0) is again No. 1 and has a clearly-defined path to another national championship. Auburn cant win a championship but the Tigers could spoil it for their hated rival, which is just as sweet.I cant wait.Here are some other SEC story lines to watch on this Rivalry Weekend:?Tennessee (8-3, 5-3) lost its chance to go to Atlanta when Florida won at LSU last Saturday. But the Vols could finish 9-3 and get a very nice bowl trip if they can go on the road and beat a very tough team from Vanderbilt (5-6, 2-5).It would be Tennessees first nine-win regular season since 2007, when the Vols reached the SEC championship game.But keep in mind that Vanderbilt has been a tough out for just about everybody. The Commodores five SEC losses have been by 3, 7, 7, 7, and 9 points. They just manhandled Ole Miss 38-17 last week. They beat Georgia in Athens 17-16. This will be a tough, hard-fought, game.After a gut-check of a win (16-10) last Saturday at LSU, Florida (8-2, 6-2) is headed back to the SEC championship game for a record 12th time.Before focusing on Alabama there is the rather large matter of playing No. 14 Florida State (8-3) in Tallahassee.This is not only an important game for bragging rights, but winning it would keep alive Floridas long-shot hopes of making the College Football Playoffs. If Florida?could beat LSU (on the road), Florida State (on the road), and No. 1 Alabama in successive weeks the Gators would be the SEC champions at 10-2.??Speaking of Ole Miss (5-6, 2-5), it will be senior day in Oxford for the annual Egg Bowl with Mississippi State (4-7, 2-5). This has been a disappointing season for an Ole Miss senior class that has been to a New Years Six bowl in each of the past two seasons.But a lot of those wounds would be healed by beating the Bulldogs and earning a bowl trip.For Mississippi State, life after Dak Prescott has not been a lot of fun. Beating the rival the Bulldogs affectionately call That School Up North would make the offseason a little brighter.Ray Goff, the former Georgia quarterback and head coach, once told me that Georgia Tech is absolutely Georgias biggest rival.If you dont believe it, just trying losing to them sometime, said Goff.Georgia has won 13 of the last 15 meetings with the team they call The North Avenue Trade School but the last loss to the Yellow Jackets really sticks in the craw of the Bulldogs.In that game Georgia led 24-21 with only seconds left. But Georgia Tech kicked a 53-yard field goal on the last play of the game and then won in overtime 30-24. It was one of the most gut-wrenching losses of the Mark Richt era (2001-2015) era at Georgia.A win would give first-year coach Kirby Smart wins over two of Georgias biggest rivals. Thats important.After an 0-2 start Kentucky (6-5, 4-4) rallied and has become eligible for its first bowl trip since 2010. Mark Stoops should get some SEC Coach of the Year votes.The only thing that could make this season sweeter for the Wildcats would be to knock off their state rival in Louisville (9-2). Louisville, ranked No. 11 and was in the national championship discussion until losing to Houston on Nov. 17. The Cardinals probably have an Orange Bowl bid in hand. How excited will they be to play this game?South Carolina (6-5, 3-5) is in the same boat as the Gamecocks travel to No. 4 Clemson (10-1).South Carolina has won four of its past five games since taking the redshirt off of freshman quarterback Jake Bentley. The Gamecocks have already qualified for a bowl. 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The club then targeted Barcelona star Neymar, but the big-name striker expected to replace Ibrahimovic never arrived.Instead, PSG signed Jese, a 23-year-old Spaniard from Real Madrid and an unheralded forward with 13 career league goals who is more of a wide player than a finisher.That left Cavani -- regularly a punchline among the teams supporters -- to lead the attack.Their frustration was compounded when Cavani missed several chances in PSGs first Champions League game against Arsenal on Sept. 13, which finished in a 1-1 home draw.That game, they believed, was glaring proof that Cavani -- despite scoring with a trademark bullet header -- is a very wasteful finisher. That argument has merit, because the Uruguay forward does miss chances, but it is somewhat unfair because the way he was asked to play at PSG dulled his natural game.Cavani very much plays on confidence. Hes a quick and explosive forward who relies upon speed and instinct rather than exceptional technique.He can be lethal when that confidence is high, as 15 goals in 13 games this season for club and country has proven. He scored 104 goals in 138 games for Italian side Napoli before joining PSG in the summer of 2013 for a Frencch record fee of 64 million euros ($77 million).ddddddddddddBut his confidence was lessened by being played out of position for much of the past three seasons, as it was impossible to share the spotlight with Ibrahimovic.Our system does not allow Cavani to show his qualities at 100 percent, former PSG coach Laurent Blanc said last season.With the Swedish star playing mostly as the lone striker, Cavani was pushed out wide right as a harrying, energetic winger who often tracked back.That he did so with little complaint is to his credit, for many players of his stature would have forced a transfer to play their preferred position.On the occasions that he was the striker -- mainly when Ibrahimovic was injured, rested or suspended -- Cavani quickly had to revert to focusing on scoring.He sometimes struggled and looked clumsy at times. Despite mitigating circumstances, he was given no leeway by sections of the PSG crowd or the French media.Both demanded more goals -- yet, despite often playing as a converted winger during his first three seasons with PSG, he still scored 81 goals in 147 games.This season, Cavani has 11 goals in nine games for PSG, which plays at last-place Nancy on Saturday. He was also named the French leagues player of the month for September -- seemingly a reward for putting his ego aside and working with Ibrahimovic for the previous three years.But if many fans had their way, the 29-year-old Cavani would be playing elsewhere during what appears to be the strikers peak season. 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