The Madness That Is Called The Iron Bowl

Sure I’d like to beat Notre Dame, don’t get me wrong. But nothing matters more than beating that cow college on the other side of the state. Bear Bryant

The stories are true. Parents not showing up to their daughter’s wedding because she scheduled it during the Iron Bowl. Who does that? I don’t know, I really thought a child growing up in an Alabama/Auburn household would be smarter than that.

Why is this rivalry the best in college football?

I don’t know. I grew up in the middle of it. I don’t remember a time in my life without Alabama/Auburn. My uncle has shelves of 3 ring binders, each one representing a season of Alabama football. Each game has the box score, perhaps a news clipping and a list of key plays. How important are these binders? I’ve been able to touch them.


The numbers are a bit audacious. 31 SEC titles (Alabama – 23, Auburn – 8). 17 national titles (Alabama – 15, Auburn – 2). Alabama owns the series – 42-35-1 and has led the series since 1965.

Bear won 315 against Auburn.

In the ’72 Iron Bowl, Auburn’s best offensive play was Alabama’s punt formation. They blocked two punts in the last 10 minutes and kicked a field goal to win 17-14.

Bo Jackson won one year going over the top. He lost the next year by going the wrong way on a goal line stand.

Who can forget the “Honk if you’ve sacked Brodie” Game? Alabama QB Brodie Croyle was a human punching bag in 2005 as Auburn sacked him 11 times. 11. That’s right. 11. Auburn won.

There are other great rivalries in college football. Texas/OU, Army/Navy, Ohio St/Michigan, USC/Notre Dame.

But there’s nothing like the Iron Bowl. Nothing.

Roll Tide.


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