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Auburn fans thank Michigan State fans as they arrive in Southern California

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When Auburn won the SEC championship, there was uncertainty about where they would play their final game of the season; but when Michigan State beat Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship later that night, Auburn moved up to the #2 spot in the rankings and punched their ticket to the BCS National Championship. One month later, as Michigan State fans leave, and Auburn fans arrive in Southern California, the Auburn fan base is showing their gratitude.

“I’ve done my fair share of saying thanks to Michigan State fans I see,” said Auburn fan Greg Fox.

The Fox family made the trip out to California a week before the game. They traveled in from Alexander City, Alabama and decided to take advantage of the nice weather and do some sight-seeing before the game.

“We support the Tigers, been with them all season. When we found out we had an opportunity to come, we decided to come out with them. The family had never been to California so we’re out here a few days early,” says Fox.

“There have been a lot of ‘thumbs up’ to the Michigan State community for knocking Ohio State out of the run for a national championship and giving Auburn this opportunity,” says Michigan State Brian Jones.

Jones is one of the Michigan State fans the Fox family thanked. Jones was in Southern California with his family for the Rose Bowl onWednesdayy. Jones says he's been fond of the Tigers ever since the Alabama game.

“There's a little Michigan State connection in that game -- Nick Saban, everybody knows he's the coach at Alabama, spent time Michigan State and left Michigan State for bigger and better things,” said Jones.

Jones says the appreciation gratitude he's received from the Auburn fan base, has made him a little bit of a Tiger fan. He says he’ll be cheering for Auburn on Monday night and even gave a hearty “War Eagle” as we parted ways.

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