Saturday night, the Auburn Tigers took on the California Golden Bears in Berkley (much to the chagrin of Auburn coach Hugh Freeze).
Despite Freeze not being a fan of “scheduling teams on the West Coast,” the Tigers were able to squeak out a 14-10 victory (much to the chagrin of New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers).
Aside from his alma mater losing and falling to 1-1 on the young college football season, Aaron Rodgers had one other reason to be unhappy about Cal’s loss: a bet with Jets teammate CJ Uzomah.
Uzomah, who played tight end for Auburn from 2011 to 2014, had bet Rodgers that his Tigers would beat the Bears on Saturday.
On Sunday, Aaron Rodgers had to pay off the bet.
The stakes? The former Bear had to don an Auburn cap and a bright orange shirt with the famous Auburn cry of “War Eagle” on it.
Auburn football jumped on the results on the bet with a video on X, writing, “The newest fan of Auburn Football. Sorry @AaronRodgers12, looks like @cj_uzomah won this one.”
“Aaron, no no no no, you love it,” Uzomah can be heard telling Rodgers who was flashing a thumbs down sign on the video of him wearing the Tigers gear.
“Say ‘War Eagle,'” Uzomah goaded Rodgers, who kept shaking his head no. “Just one time…”
The newest fan of Auburn Football 👀
(🎥 @cj_uzomah/IG Story) pic.twitter.com/AV6cp9qvDz
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) September 10, 2023
Rodger certainly had every right to be upset.
According to ESPN’s Bill Barnwell, “From 2018-22, NCAA teams who turned the ball over four times and failed to record 15 first downs in a game went 1-65.”
Auburn had four turnovers and only was able to get 12 first downs versus Cal.
After the game, Auburn’s Freeze said about his team’s performance, “I don’t think we could have played any uglier or sloppier on offense. I’m really proud of our defense. All the credit goes to to to that side of the ball tonight. There’s going to be nights where we can score 50 and we might have to to win. And there’s going to be times where they got to hold them to 10 and we got to score 11. This is one of those nights with how poorly we played on our offense.”
It also helped that Cal missed three field goals.