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Auburn QB TJ Finley Has Honest Admission About Iron Bowl

TJ Finley on the field for Auburn.

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 20: Auburn Tigers quarterback TJ Finley (1) looks on during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the South Carolina Gamecocks on November 20, 2021 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC.(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Auburn quarterback TJ Finley will be making the biggest start of his young career this weekend. On Saturday, he'll get to play in his first Iron Bowl.

The Iron Bowl is more than just a regular-season game. Bragging rights are at stake for both Alabama and Auburn.

Even though so much is said about the Iron Bowl every season, Finley admit that he didn't know anything about the rivalry before he arrived at Auburn.

"Before I got here, I knew nothing about the Iron Bowl," Finley told reporters on Tuesday. "They said as soon as I'm going to be out there, I'm going to be nervous ... But I'm calm and steady. I try to rise to the occasion."

Finley is starting the rest of this season for Auburn because Bo Nix is out with an ankle injury.

Last weekend, Finley completed 17-of-32 pass attempts for 188 yards and a touchdown in a loss to South Carolina. He acknowledged that he needs to play better if he's going to lead Auburn to a win in this year's Iron Bowl.

"Long story short, we just didn't get the job done," Finley said. "I'm looking forward to this week and showing everybody what we've been working on, and it starts today in practice"

Kickoff for this year's Iron Bowl is at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.