It’s Rivalry Week and there is absolutely no love lost between Iron Bowl participants. Auburn quarterback Bo Nix stirred the pot some more on Monday when he suggested the Alabama Crimson Tide are officiated differently from the rest of the SEC.

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young was asked about Nix’s comment when he met with the media and he refused to take the bait.

“That’s an external factor,” Young said. “That’s something as a team we don’t look at. We don’t control (those). So, whatever happens, that’s out of our control, Coach (Nick) Saban’s always talking to us about control what we can control and focus on what we can do. Any external factor, that’s not really something that, as a team, we’re concerned about.”

It’s a shrewd move from the young quarterback. But, in his second season at Alabama, Young has shown poise often. He’s 6th nationally among qualified passers in completion percentage (71.7%) and has just 3 interceptions in 367 passes (0.8% rate).

Young’s a Heisman Trophy contender, and his Crimson Tide are already guaranteed a spot in the SEC Championship game on Dec. 4. A win over Auburn (6-5, 3-4 SEC) in the Iron Bowl keeps the chase for one of the 4 College Football Playoff spots alive. The Tide and Tigers square off on CBS Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.