Auburn message boards reveal some fans believe Alabama benefits from “corrupt” SEC bias

A look at the SEC logo on the down marker in 2016 during Texas A&M's matchup versus UCLA
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Alabama football eyes a chance at its eighth Southeastern Conference title under Nick Saban since 2009.

It is also in pursuit of its seventh national championship of the Saban era.

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Despite the national audience being intrigued by a potential Alabama-Georgia SEC Championship showdown, Auburn message boards revealed some fans believing the Crimson Tide has benefited from a “corrupt” SEC bias system. These fans feel that Alabama gets all the calls, the officials are in its favor, and the SEC office in Birmingham allows Saban to control everything.

One fan said the “SEC would punish you if you speak out on the corruption.” The fan added “Bama controls the SEC office and all that is included. If Auburn is having a good year, then they have to stop that.” Another fan spoke on some missed calls from the Auburn-Mississippi State game and said Alabama “paid the referees better” to have more calls on the Bulldogs than itself.

Auburn had a 28-10 lead at halftime over the Bulldogs and led by as many as 25 points.

The Tigers were at Jordan-Hare Stadium for the matchup and could not hold the lead. One cannot fault the officiating crew or the SEC office for it not finishing a game at its home venue. If it does not suffer back-to-back losses, Auburn was ready to make the Iron Bowl a matchup to win the SEC West crown.

Instead, it will be one where the Tigers have to play spoiler in trying to keep the Crimson Tide from the playoff.

While the Tigers suffered a 43-35 loss to Mississippi State, Alabama won 49-9.

Officials cannot overly influence a defeat like that. Also, there have been several times where the Tide has not gotten calls in its favor.

All things have a way of solving themselves.

If Auburn feels like it is better than Alabama, it can prove it next week.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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