The red-hot Iron Bowl didn't need any more fuel.
The tree poisoning that pains Auburn fans and the comeback that riles the Alabama faithful were hardly necessary to raise the mercury on this year-round, statewide feud.
They might have collectively done just that for Saturday's game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Even those who weren't raised in the rivalry's midst have quickly gotten into the spirit.
''I'm not from Alabama,'' said Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier, ''but being here for one year, I just hate Alabama.''
''Hate is a strong word,'' said Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower, ''but I strongly dislike Auburn.''
Lemonier's a Floridian, Hightower from Tennessee. They fit right in, though.
Nationally, the significance of the game relates to No. 2 Alabama's quest to sandwich a second BCS title around Auburn's crown and keep the state's three-year run of college football supremacy going.
In this state, that particular celebration can wait, at least until dinnertime Saturday ev...