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Auburn QB Bo Nix explains why he believes in Cincinnati over Alabama for College Football Playoff

Auburn QB Bo Nix in warmups before 2019 game versus Tulane
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Bo Nix’s team is in the Birmingham Bowl, but Alabama remains on his mind.

As the starting quarterback of the Auburn Tigers, Nix did not play in the Iron Bowl versus the Crimson Tide because of an ankle injury. He commented about Alabama getting all the calls from referees but watched his Tigers lose at Jordan-Hare Stadium in four overtimes.

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Nix’s in-state rival is in the College Football Playoff. The Tide is the No. 1 seed, and it will play Cincinnati in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Eve. Alabama thrashed Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, but Nix believes the Bearcats will take the Tide down in Texas.

He explained his reason on the Jboy Show with Jacob Crain.

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*Bo Nix explains Cincy’s chance to defeat Alabama at the 7:26 mark

“I do,” Nix said on if he believes Cincinnati can beat Alabama. “I think any team in the playoff you have a shot to beat them. I think they [Cincinnati] are veteran enough in certain places, and they have a solid team. They played Georgia really well last year, and it gave them confidence. Anybody can beat anybody on Saturday.”

Cincinnati fell to the Bulldogs, 21-24, in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on New Year’s Day to open 2021. Desmond Ridder and Jerome Ford played well for the Bearcats. Nix knows what Alabama is capable of, but he feels Cincinnati has a shot.

Both schools will be at AT&T Stadium for a semifinal game on Dec. 31 at 2:30 p.m. CT.

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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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