AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Although he won't be at the BCS Game to cheer them on in person, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley met with Auburn University football players a week before the big game to say a few encouraging words.
Bentley told the Pasadena-bound players that he's proud of how hard they've fought and said it has been amazing watching the Tigers compete for a national title.
He says their turnaround reminds him of his race for governor of Alabama.
"I started the race at two percent. That's pretty low, but I worked pretty hard. I won by sixty percent after all of those elections. But I was placed here for a reason and you were placed here for a reason. Y'all go out there and you do your best and represent Auburn and represent Alabama," Gov. Bentley told the players.
He predicts Auburn will win the game.
At the end of the meeting, he was presented with an autographed football signed by all of the players.
The BCS Championship Game will be held on Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.