Auburn Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson, left, and Georgia Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker were the featured speakers at the annual Salvation Army Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at the Battle House Hotel in downtown Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell/AL.com)
Two of the greatest running backs in college football history were in Mobile Thursday as part of a charity event, but only one made a prediction on the upcoming Iron Bowl.
Former Georgia star Herschel Walker and Auburn legend Bo Jackson appeared at the Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama’s 2017 Annual Luncheon at the Battle House, participating in a moderated Q&A on a variety of topics including their childhoods and their college and pro careers. The final question for each was to assess their alma maters’ performances this season.
With perhaps Auburn’s 40-17 rout of his then-top-ranked Bulldogs last Saturday fresh in his mind, Walker heaped praise on the Tigers. And the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner said he expects Auburn to knock off another No. 1 team at Jordan-Hard Stadium on Nov. 25.
"For all the Alabama fans out there, it’s going to be a very tough Iron Bowl," Walker said. "Alabama has a really good defense, Auburn has a really good defense. They’re playing in Auburn. I think Auburn is going to beat Alabama. Auburn beat Georgia, they whupped ’em. … I saw Auburn play Clemson in the (second) game, and Auburn played well, but they made a lot of mistakes. Auburn’s been playing great since then, they’ve got a great, great team. I think Auburn and Georgia will meet back up in the SEC championship."
Jackson, the 1985 Heisman winner, apparently wasn’t in the mood to discuss the Tigers much in-depth. He said he would rather spend his Saturdays hunting than watching college football.
"I wish Auburn all the success in the world, but next week will only be my second game of the year," Jackson said. "I love the sport, I love Auburn, but I only go to two games a year and that’s because my wife makes me. That’s what I used to do for a living. … Auburn, I expect them to finish out the season on a winning note."
Both Walker and Jackson left the event without taking additional questions from the media.