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Gus Malzahn Might've Taken a Veiled Shot at Alabama Over Complaints About Noon Kickoffs

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 7: Head coach Gus Malzahn of the Auburn Tigers questions a call during the second quarter of their game against the Tulane Green Wave at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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Even after finishing last year with a dismal 8-5 record, Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn is still finding ways to take shots against rival Alabama.

After Nick Saban complained about Alabama's early kickoff time against Southern Miss, which is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET on September 21, Malzahn had this to say about Auburn's kickoff time against Kent State.

“Personally, I wish it was at noon, so we’d have more time to prepare for our next opponent,” Malzahn said at his weekly press conference.

Essentially, Malzahn was knocking Saban for complaining about the idea of noon kickoffs, which the Bama coach claimed would hurt attendance and would force his players to deal with brutal temperatures. As if Alabama players aren't used to the sweltering heat.

Shots have definitely been fired here.

No. 2 ranked Alabama faces off against the South Carolina Gamecocks on September 14th, while No. 8 ranked Auburn plays Kent State on the same day. Safe to say this is a calculated shot by Malzahn, however, as Auburn should demolish Kent State on Saturday.

The two teams will play each other on Nov. 30 in one of college football's most storied rivalries, the Iron Bowl.