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Bo Nix criticizes pro-Alabama officials: ‘That’s the way it always has been’

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix is ​​not going to play in the Iron Bowl on Saturday against No. 2 Alabama as he is out of season with an ankle injury.

But he was able to fire a few strikes against Crimson Tide during an appearance on The Next Round podcast in Birmingham. Kickoff is at 14.30 Saturday on CBS, and Alabama is a 19-point favorite of FanDuel.

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Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) warms up before the start of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M on Saturday, December 5, 2020 in Auburn, Ala.

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) warms up before the start of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M on Saturday, December 5, 2020 in Auburn, Ala.
(AP Photo / Butch Dill)

Nix was asked about Alabama quarterback Bryce Young’s school record with 561 yards and five touchdowns on 31-of-40 passes the Tide’s 42-35 victory over Arkansas on Saturday.

He said “Arkansas did almost the same thing” when he referred to Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson, who completed 22 of 30 passes in 326 yards and three touchdowns.

Then Nix added, “Just a few of the, obviously, controversial calls that were in that game raise some questions for sure, I think, unless you’re an Alabama fan. But that’s just part of the game. We’ve discussed it over and over and over again. It’s not going to change no matter what happens. But it was definitely good. “

CBS announcer Gary Danielson criticized the referee for being pro Alabama in the first half when Jefferson was whistled for intentional grounding in a surprise call and there was a non-call on what looked like pass interference against Tide.

Officials were heavily criticized for calling on Alabama on Twitter. And Arkansas Sports Director Hunter Yurachek appeared to be taking a shot at officials in a post-match tweet.

“Disappointed for everyone in the Razorback locker room,” he said. “Played and trained their hearts, earned and deserved better. Two years in a row left this state with a bad taste in its mouth. Proud today and every day to be an Arkansas Razorback.”

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn in Baton Rouge, La., On Saturday, October 2, 2021. Auburn won 24-19.

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn in Baton Rouge, La., On Saturday, October 2, 2021. Auburn won 24-19.
(AP Photo / Gerald Herbert)

But the last part was not about Alabama bias. He referred to a controversial call Arkansas’ 30-28 loss to Auburn last season.

Later in the podcast with Nix, host Jim Dunaway asked Nix to elaborate on his comment on officiating.

“You’re not insinuating that Alabama is getting calls from SEC officials or something, are you?” Dunaway asked with a laugh.

“I mean, rightly, I think you can see the game, and everyone will impartially think that something is different,” said Nix, who may even be biased. He has been Auburn’s starting quarterback for three seasons. His father Patrick was Auburn’s starting quarterback in 1994 and ’95, and his mother Krista went to Auburn.

“But that’s what it is,” Nix said. “It’s always been like that. But it’s part of the game. And they have good players. You can’t take that from them.”

Nix tried to soften his comments when he described how talented the recipients of Alabamas and Arkansas are.

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the warm-up before playing the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on October 9, 2021 in College Station, Texas.

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the warm-up before playing the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on October 9, 2021 in College Station, Texas.
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“I think it can make it a little difficult,” he said. “Just with the speed of the game.”

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Alabama has won six national championships beginning in the 2009 season under coach Nick Saban, who arrived in 2007. It should be noted that while Alabama had four losing seasons and a .500 season from 1997 to 2006, there were not many claims of worked som pro Alabama.

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