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.