Monday's football roundup: 'Kick-Six' play relived
Tuscaloosa, Ala. — Auburn players have delighted in the frequent replays of the final play of last year's Iron Bowl.
At Alabama, Chris Davis' last-play return of a missed field goal remains a sore subject.
Whether it causes heartache or elation, it's been hard to escape the play that sealed "Kick-Six" and Davis' name forever into the Iron Bowl vault.
That's especially true now with the second-ranked Crimson Tide preparing to host the 15th-ranked Tigers on Saturday night after the two bitter rivals produced one of college football's most memorable finishes.
"It shows up on the TV every now and again, and it breaks our heart every time," Tide safety Landon Collins said. "In one second they took our whole chance away of winning anything, and definitely it rewinds in my head. Definitely it will rewind in my head throughout this week."
The Tide (10-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference), the top-ranked team in the College Football Playoff rankings, is once again playing to keep its national title hopes alive. An Alabama win or a loss by No. 4 Mississippi State to No. 18 Mississippi secures a spot in the SEC championship game.
Last year, Davis's 109-yard return, only the fourth such play recorded by the NCAA, gave the fourth-ranked Tigers a 34-28 victory over the No. 1 Tide. Auburn ultimately played for the national title, losing to Florida State.
The play has gotten more than 3.3 million views on YouTube.
Tigers receiver Quan Bray said he's seen the replay "a couple hundred times, seems like."
Alabama quarterback Blake Sims said he's more likely to "click it off" when the replay comes on TV. Right tackle Austin Shepherd said he "could really care less about last year" and that both teams are totally different. He also downplayed it as a lucky play.
"I take Coach (Nick) Saban's rule to heart, the 24-hour rule," Shepherd said. "Twenty-four hours it's over. I've just kind of moved on. A lot of people are lucky and they got lucky. "
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says the debate about Jameis Winston's contact with a referee last weekend is much ado about nothing.
Fisher said there was no "ill will" intended, just confusion about the position of the official.
Officials from the Atlantic Coast Conference have said there was nothing "unsportsmanlike" about the play.
There was no penalty called when Winston made contact with the center judge behind his center. The official tried to stop Winston by giving him a stop sign. He was holding up the play to allow Boston College to substitute players when Florida State was running a hurry-up offense.
... Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says injured starting quarterback Brandon Allen has "a chance" to play when his team faces Missouri on Friday.
Allen missed the second half of Arkansas' 30-0 victory over Mississippi last week after being hit on his right hip.
... North Carolina coach Larry Fedora apologized to Duke's David Cutcliffe after his team's celebration following the Tar Heels' victory ovr the Blue Devils last week left the visiting locker room damaged by spray paint.
School officials also say they will pay for the cleanup.
"The celebration in there obviously got out of hand," Fedora said during his Monday news conference. "I wish it wouldn't have but it did."
Alabama State fired coach Reggie Barlow two days after the Hornets completed a 7-5 season. He went 49-42 in eight seasons.
... Sparky Woods is out as the coach at Virginia Military Institute after seven seasons.
The Keydets went 17-62 during Woods' tenure, 2-10 this season.