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Iron Bowl
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Alabama Crimson Tide Auburn Tigers

Sport(s) Football
Total meetings 78
Series record Alabama leads, 42–35–1
First meeting February 22, 1893
Auburn 32, Alabama 22
Last meeting November 30, 2013
Auburn 34, Alabama 28
Next meeting November 29, 2014
Largest win Alabama, 55–0 (1948)
Longest win streak Alabama, 9 (1973–1981)
Current win streak Auburn, 1 (2013–present)
Trophy James E. Foy, V-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy

The Iron Bowl is an American college football rivalry game played annually by the football teams of the two largest public universities in the U.S. state of Alabama, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn University Tigers. The series is considered one of the best and most hard-fought rivalries in all of sports.[1][2] As the rivalry was mainly played in Birmingham, Alabama, for many years, the name of the Iron Bowl comes from Birmingham's historic role in the steel industry.[3] Alabama leads the series 42–35–1.

Since 2000, the games are played at Jordan–Hare Stadium in Auburn every odd-numbered year, and in Bryant–Denny Stadium at Tuscaloosa every even-numbered year. For much of the 20th century the game was played every year at Legion Field in Birmingham. Alabama has a 32–15 record in games played at Legion Field, while Auburn has a 8–4 record in games played at Jordan–Hare Stadium and a 7–2 record in games played in Tuscaloosa (5–2 at Bryant–Denny Stadium). The game is traditionally played on Thanksgiving Day weekend. In 1993 both schools agreed to move the game up to the week before Thanksgiving to give themselves a bye for a potential SEC Championship Game berth, but in 2007 the conference voted to disallow any team from having a bye before the league championship game, returning the game to its traditional Thanksgiving weekend spot.


Alabama and Auburn played their first football game in Lakeview Park in Birmingham, Alabama, on February 22, 1893. Auburn (then named the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama) won 32–22, before an estimated crowd of 5,000. As if a signal of the future, disagreement between the schools began immediately as Alabama considered the game to be the final matchup of the 1892 season and Auburn recorded it as the first of 1893.

Tensions further built when, after both 1906 and 1907 contests, Auburn head coach Mike Donahue threatened to cancel the series if Alabama head coach "Doc" Pollard continued employing his elaborate formations and shifts.[4] The series was indeed suspended after the 1907 game when the schools could not come to agreement over the amount of expenses to be paid players, as well as from where officials for the game should be obtained.[5]

In 1947 the Alabama House of Representatives passed a resolution encouraging the schools to "make possible the inauguration of a full athletic program between the two schools".[6] The schools were disinclined to resume the series despite the passage of the resolution, since it did not have the effect of law. However, the Alabama State Legislature threatened to withhold state funding from the schools unless they did resume the rivalry. With that threat in mind, Ralph B. Draughon, the president of Auburn (then officially named the Alabama Polytechnic Institute), and Alabama president John Gallalee decided during the winter and spring of 1948 to end the disagreement and renew the series. The games would be played in Birmingham because it had the largest stadium in the state, 44,000-seat Legion Field, as well as the difficulties in traveling to Tuscaloosa and Auburn for much of the 20th century. Tickets would be split evenly between the two schools. Alabama won the first game when the series renewed 55–0, still the most lopsided victory of the series.[7][8]

By 1980 the series had come to be called the Iron Bowl, due to Birmingham's prominence as a center of iron and steel production. The term Iron Bowl was coined by Auburn's coach at the time, Shug Jordan. Alabama's coach, Bear Bryant, said he preferred calling the game the Brag Bowl, since the winner's fans got to brag all year long.

Between 1969 and 1987, Auburn made additions to Jordan–Hare Stadium until it eclipsed Legion Field in size. Auburn fans began feeling chagrin at playing all Iron Bowl games at Legion Field. Although ostensibly a neutral site, it is only 45 minutes east of Tuscaloosa, and had long been associated with Alabama football. Until the late 1980s, Alabama played most of its important games in Birmingham. For this reason, Auburn began lobbying to make the Iron Bowl a "home-and-home" series. Finally, the schools reached an agreement where Auburn could play their home games for the Iron Bowl in Auburn starting in 1989 (except for the 1991 game, which was played at Legion Field). On December 2, 1989, Alabama came to "the Plains" for the first time ever as a sellout crowd witnessed Auburn win its first true "home" game of the series, 30–20 over an Alabama team that entered the game unbeaten and ranked #2 in the country.

Alabama continued to hold its home games for the rivalry at Legion Field. In 1998, Alabama expanded Bryant–Denny Stadium to a capacity of 83,818, exceeding Legion Field by a few hundred. Alabama moved their home games in the series to Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2000. That year, Auburn came to Tuscaloosa for the first time since 1901 and won in a defensive struggle, 9–0. A new attendance record for the Iron Bowl was set in 2006 as the latest expansion to Bryant–Denny Stadium increased its capacity to 92,138. The record was reset again in 2010, after another expansion to Alabama's Bryant–Denny Stadium, when a crowd of 101,821 witnessed a 28–27 Auburn victory.

In 2009 and 2010 CBS Sports and the two universities arranged to have the game played in an exclusive time slot on the Friday following Thanksgiving. The 2009 game was the sixth Iron Bowl to be played on a Friday and the first in 21 years.[9] CBS did not attempt to renew the agreement after 2010 due to criticism from within the state from both fan bases, returning the game to its traditional Saturday date.

The rivalry has long been reckoned as one of the most heated collegiate rivalries in the country. This is due to a number of factors. For a long time, they were the only Alabama schools in what is now Division I FBS; it is often said that the entire state of Alabama grinds to a halt to watch the game. The two schools account for 31 SEC titles (23 by Alabama and 8 by Auburn) and both are among the winningest programs in college football history (Alabama is seventh, Auburn is 16th). Before the SEC adopted a divisional format, the game frequently decided the SEC title, and it frequently decides the SEC West title. The two schools have been fixtures on national television for the better part of the last four decades, and the season-ending clash has been televised for all but one year since the late 1970s (the lone exception being 1993, when Auburn was barred from live TV due to NCAA sanctions). The two teams played in the last five BCS National Championship Games, with Alabama winning in 2009, 2011 and 2012 and Auburn winning in 2010.

Foy-ODK Sportsmanship Award[edit]

The trophy given to the winner of the game is the Foy-ODK Sportsmanship Award. It is named after James E. Foy, a former Auburn dean of students and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society – which was established on both campuses during the 1920s. The Foy Trophy is presented at halftime of the Alabama-Auburn basketball game later in the same academic year at the winner's home court. At the start of each season the SGA Presidents of both schools agree to bet on the outcome of the Iron Bowl by agreeing that after the trophy presentation, the SGA President of the losing team will sing the winning team's fight song.

Notable games[edit]

In the 2010 Iron Bowl, Auburn rallied from a 24-point deficit to win 28–27.

1893: First Game – This was first meeting between Auburn and Alabama. Auburn beat Alabama in Birmingham 32–22. It was the second year of each university's football program.[citation needed]

1948: Rivalry Renewed – The rivalry resumed after being suspended for 41 years due to issues related to player per diems and officiating. Alabama defeated Auburn 55–0 at Birmingham's Legion Field. It remains the largest margin of victory in series history.[10]

1957: Auburn's First National Championship – Auburn defeated Alabama 40–0 in Birmingham en route to a 10–0 regular season and the Associated Press (AP) national championship. This was the first of two Iron Bowls whereafter the winner was awarded the national championship. Auburn did not participate in post-season play due to NCAA probation. [11]

1964: First Televised Iron Bowl – Played on November 26, 1964, this was the first Iron Bowl broadcast on national television.[12] Quarterback Joe Namath led Alabama to a 21–14 victory over Auburn. Alabama finished the regular season 10–0, and won the SEC Championship. This was the second of two Iron Bowls whereafter the winner earned the AP National Championship. National championship trophies from the AP and UPI were awarded prior to the bowl games in 1964.[13]

1967: The Run in the Mud – This was the first night game of the series. Thunderstorms soaked Legion Field, turning the field muddy. The game was frequently stopped to clear raincoats and other wet weather gear from the field. Late in the game, Alabama quarterback Kenny Stabler ran 47 yards for a touchdown to give Alabama a 7–3 victory. Even though Stabler appeared to run out of bounds the referees did not stop the play because the sidelines had been washed away in the mud.[14]

1971: The Undefeateds – Going into this game, Alabama was ranked third in the nation while Auburn was ranked fifth. Both teams were undefeated and playing for the SEC title and a berth in the Orange Bowl to face # 1-ranked Nebraska for the national championship. Alabama routed Auburn 31-7. The game featured Alabama's Heisman Trophy finalist Johnny Musso, and Auburn's Heisman Trophy winner, Pat Sullivan.[15]

1972: Punt Bama Punt – # 2 Alabama was leading Auburn 16–0 when an Auburn drive stalled, forcing the Tigers to settle for a field goal. On the ensuing possession, Alabama was forced to punt. Auburn's Bill Newton blocked Greg Gantt's punt. Auburn teammate David Langner caught the blocked punt and ran the ball back 25 yards for an Auburn touchdown, narrowing the score to 16–10. Several minutes later, Alabama was forced to punt again. Once again, Newton blocked the punt and Langner returned it for a touchdown. Gardner Jett kicked the extra point to give Auburn a 17–16 win. In August 2010, ranked the game as the 8th most painful outcome in college history.[16] Despite the loss, Alabama won the SEC Championship that season. [17]

1974: The Gossom Incident – The 1974 Iron Bowl was for the SEC title and a Sugar Bowl bid. Alabama built a 17–7 halftime lead, but on 3rd-and-6 from the Alabama 41, Auburn quarterback Phil Gargis threw the football to Thom Gossom for an apparent touchdown.[18] However, prior to the throw, Alabama cornerback Mike Washington “threw his body at” Gossom causing him to step on the boundary.[19] The rule, then, prevented players from returning in-bounds after being knocked out, and the touchdown was called back. AU closed the gap on a fake field goal, 17–13, but the Tide won the game.

1981: 315 – Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant earned his 315th career victory after Alabama defeated Auburn 28–17 in 1st year head coach Pat Dye, a former "Bear" Bryant assistant coach. With the victory, Coach Bryant passed Amos Alonzo Stagg's winning record and became the all-time winningest FBS coach. Since then, Coach Bryant's wins have been surpassed by Florida State's Bobby Bowden, but Bryant remains second in the List of college football coaches with 200 wins. Alabama shared the SEC Championship that season with Georgia.[citation needed]

1982: Bo Over the Top – With two minutes remaining, Auburn drove the length of the field and scored when running back Bo Jackson jumped over the top of the defensive line for a touchdown. Auburn won the game 23–22. The victory ended Alabama's nine-game winning streak over Auburn. The victory was the start of Auburn prominence in the series. Since 1982 to 2013, Auburn leads the series 18–14.[citation needed] Coach Bryant ended his Iron Bowl career with this loss.[20]

1983: Bye-Bye Bo – Auburn defeated Alabama 23–20 at Legion Field. Bo Jackson set the Iron Bowl rushing record for 256 yards. Auburn won the SEC championship that season. The game is also notable for rapidly deteriorating weather conditions in the 2nd half, which led to the 4th quarter being played while a Tornado Warning was in effect.[21]

1984: Wrong Way Bo – Late in the game Auburn trailed by two-points, and had 4th-and-goal from the one-yard line. Coach Pat Dye opted to go for a touchdown instead of a field goal. The ball was pitched to Auburn running back Brent Fullwood. Bo Jackson ran the wrong direction on the block, causing Fullwood to be forced out of bounds by an Alabama defender, Rory Turner. Alabama won the game 17–15.[22][23]

1985: The Kick – After four lead changes in the fourth quarter, Alabama had the ball on their own 12-yard line, trailing by one point with 37 seconds remaining. Alabama quarterback Mike Shula led the offense to the Auburn 36 yard line. Alabama kicker Van Tiffin made a series-record-tying 52-yard field goal as time expired, and Alabama won the game 25–23.[24][25]

1986: Reverse to Victory – Trailing 17–14, Auburn had the ball on the Alabama 7-yard line with 32 seconds remaining. The called play was a reverse to wide receiver Lawyer Tillman. Auburn Coach Dye ran down the sideline and shouted for Tillman to call a time out. Tillman attempted to call the timeout, but his signal was not seen by the officials. Auburn ran the reverse, scored a touchdown, and won the game 21–17. Speculation surrounded the play. Alabama's players saw Pat Dye's pleas for a time-out and froze, possibly giving Auburn the needed edge to run the risky reverse.[26][27]

1989: The First Time Ever – In front of the largest crowd at the time to witness an Iron Bowl. Auburn defeated Alabama 30–20 in the first Iron Bowl played at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The SEC championship was shared that season among Auburn, Alabama and Tennessee. After decades of playing at Legion Field in Birmingham, Auburn head coach Pat Dye pushed the powers in charge to have the game moved to Auburn for a home and away series. From that time the Iron Bowl has become a more balanced series (Auburn 13 wins to Alabama's 12 wins). Since 2000 the match up has been a home and home affair thanks to Pat Dye's determination.

1990: Tide Breaks the Streak – In Gene Stallings' first season as head coach, Alabama defeated Auburn 16–7 in a defensive struggle. The victory ended Auburn's four-game winning streak in the series. The Tide finished the regular season with a record of 7–4 after opening with three losses.[28]

1992: The Pick - # 2 Undefeated Alabama comes to Legion Field against Auburn. Thomas Bailey came to pass the ball and was intercepted by Antonio Langham for a touchdown and gave Crimson Tide 17-0 victory shutout over Auburn and a berth of the first inaugural 1992 SEC Championship game defeating Florida Gators with an interception touchdown for a 28-21 victory over the Gators and a 34-14 blowout over Miami Hurricanes in the 1993 Sugar Bowl to win their 12th National Championship. It was Pat Dye's final game as Auburn head coach after 12 seasons.

1993: Radio Championship – # 6 Auburn defeated # 11 Alabama 22–14. The game was not televised due to Auburn's probation, but was shown on closed-circuit television before 47,421 fans at Bryant–Denny Stadium,[citation needed] becoming the first college football game to sell out two stadiums.[29] Despite the loss, Alabama earned a berth in the 1993 SEC Championship game for the second straight season[30] Auburn finished the season undefeated.

1994: The Inch that Stole Christmas – # 3 Alabama defeated # 6 Auburn 21–14. Auburn's drive late in the game ended when they were denied a first-down by approximately one inch. The victory ended Auburn's 21–game unbeaten streak, and earned Alabama a berth in the 1994 SEC Championship game for the third straight season.[31]

1995: Phantom Catch - The season ending loss at Jordan-Hare Stadium also featured a questionable last minute call regarding a pass. Alabama QB Freddie Kitchens had apparently hit Curtis Brown for a late go ahead touchdown, but officials ruled Brown out of bounds and Auburn Tigers prevails a 31-27 victory. Auburn remains undefeated over Alabama 3-0 and a first bowl trip to the 1996 Outback Bowl.

1996: Gene's Farewell – Alabama came from behind to beat Auburn 24–23 in the final minutes of Gene Stallings' final Iron Bowl as Alabama head coach. The win earned Alabama a berth in the 1996 SEC Championship game for the fourth time in five years. Later inducted into the Hall of Fame Coach Stallings finished his career with a 5–2 record over Alabama's in-state rival.

1997: The Fumble - also known as "The Bad Alabama Call", "Scissum's Fumble", or "Jaret Holmes' Kick". In Terry Bowden's final Iron Bowl as Auburn head coach. Ahead late in the game, Alabama throws a screen to fullback Ed Scissum, who fumbles. Auburn recover the ball that force Jaret Holmes for a game-winning 39 yard field goal for a 18-17 victory. Auburn wins 4 in a row at Jordan-Hare Stadium won their first SEC Western Division Title and earned a berth in the 1997 SEC Championship game in Atlanta for first time ever. After being on NCAA probation/sanctions The Tigers finished undefeated 11-0 in 1993. It was the first year of Mike DuBose's first game for Alabama head coach with a worst season 4-7 in 40 years and four Alabama assistants was fired Woody McCorvey, Curley Hallman, Danny Pearman, and Bruce Arians.

1998: The Last Iron Bowl in Birmingham - Auburn was ahead 17-0 in the first half, new quarterback Andrew Zow found rhythm late in the 2nd Quarter. The Tide held Auburn scoreless for the remainder of the game and Shaun Alexander scored two touchdowns that give Alabama to extract some revenge on Auburn to a 31-17 victory and made a turnaround from 4-7 to 7-4 record for head coach Mike DuBose and a trip to the Music City Bowl. This was the last time Alabama and Auburn played at Legion Field.[32]

1999: Alabama's Win on the Plains – Alabama defeated Auburn 28–17, giving the Crimson Tide its first victory at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The win earned Alabama a berth in the 1999 SEC Championship game. Alabama won the SEC Championship in 1999.

2000: Shut Out in T-Town – The Iron Bowl returned to Tuscaloosa for the first time in 99 years. Amidst cold weather and sleet Auburn defeated Alabama in a 9–0 victory, and earned Auburn a berth in the 2000 SEC Championship game. It was the final game for Alabama head coach Mike DuBose.

2003: Go Crazy Cadillac - Running Carnell "Cadillac" Williams runs a 200-yard and an 80 yard run for a touchdown and saved Tuberville's job from being sealed with a 28-23 victory over Alabama and a trip to the Music City Bowl beating Wisconsin 28-14. It was Mike Shula's first year as head coach of Alabama.

2004: Championship Season – Alabama came into the game unranked but led #3 Auburn by a score of 6–0 at halftime thanks to two Brian Bostick field goals. In the second half, Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell and running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams led Auburn to 3 touchdowns, winning the game 21–13. The win earned Auburn a berth in the 2004 SEC Championship game. Auburn won the SEC Championship over Tennessee that season and their resulting BCS Sugar bowl victory over Virginia Tech to finish that year with a perfect record of 13–0. Auburn finished #2 behind USC. USC was stripped of its title due to probation.

2005: Honk if you Sacked Brodie – Auburn set a new school and series record by sacking Alabama quarterback Brodie Croyle 11 times. Seven different Auburn players recorded at least half a sack in the game, leading Auburn to a 28–18 victory.

2007: Six in a Row - Auburn set a school record with six consecutive wins against Alabama. The previous record for Auburn's longest win streak was from 1954 - 1958. Auburn defense, which was ranked 9th in scoring, held Alabama to 10 points.

2008: The Beat Down in T-town – # 1 Alabama defeated Auburn 36–0 in Tommy Tuberville's last game as Auburn's head coach. The win resulted in a 12–0 regular season for Alabama (first time in SEC history), and earned Alabama a berth in the 2008 SEC Championship game. This also ended Auburn's 6 year winning streak over Alabama.[33]

2009: The Drive – Auburn led #2 Alabama 21–20 with 8:27 left in the game. Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy led a 79-yard drive starting at the Alabama 21-yard line, completing seven consecutive passes, including a touchdown pass to third-string tailback Roy Upchurch with 1:24 remaining. Alabama won the game 26–21 en route to an SEC Championship rematch with #1 ranked Florida.

2010: The Cam-Back – #1 Auburn defeated #11 Alabama 28–27 after overcoming a 24–0 deficit when Cam Newton rallied his troops to lead Auburn on a 28 point scoring spree, ending with a touchdown pass to Philip Lutzenkirchen late in the 4th quarter. It was the biggest deficit overcome in Iron Bowl history. Auburn won the SEC West Championship, SEC Championship, defeating South Carolina, and went on to win its first undisputed national championship in school history by defeating Oregon in the BCS Championship Game.

2013: Kick Bama Kick – Also known as "Kick Six", "The Loveliest Return on the Plains," "The Longest Second", etc. Going into the game, Alabama was 11–0 and had been ranked #1 in the polls all season, while Auburn was 10–1 and #4 in all major polls, making this the highest combined ranking ever in the Iron Bowl and only the second time ever that both teams were ranked in the top five. "Kick Bama Kick" stems from the kicking troubles Alabama had all game, with kicker Cade Foster missing field goal attempts from 44 yards and 33 yards, and having a 44-yard attempt partially blocked. With seven seconds left in regulation and the score tied 28–28, Alabama's T. J. Yeldon rushed 24 yards to the Auburn 38, and seemed to have been forced out of bounds just as time expired. On review, however, one second was put back on the clock after it was determined that Yeldon had gone out of bounds just before the end of regulation. Alabama opted to attempt a game-winning 57-yard field goal, but chose freshman kicker Adam Griffith over Foster. Griffith's attempt fell short and Auburn's Chris Davis fielded it nine yards deep in his own end zone. With Griffith as the only Crimson Tide skill player in his path (apart from Griffith, Alabama's field goal unit was made up of slow-footed offensive linemen), Davis sprinted 109 yards for a touchdown and a 34–28 Auburn win.[34] Under NCAA scoring rules, Davis was officially credited with the maximum 100-yard touchdown return. With the win, Auburn avenged two consecutive blowout losses to Alabama following the national championship year, and completed one of the biggest single-season turnarounds in NCAA history; they went from 3–9 (0–8 in conference play) a year earlier—their worst season in over 50 years—to a berth in the SEC championship game. It also ended Alabama's hopes for a third straight national title.[35] Auburn would go on to defeat Missouri in the SEC title game, but lost to Florida State in the final seconds of the BCS title game.

Game results[edit]

Since 1893, the Crimson Tide and Tigers have played 78 times. Alabama leads the series 42–35–1. The game has been played in four cities: Auburn, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa. Alabama leads the series in Birmingham (34–18–1). Auburn leads the series in Tuscaloosa (7–2) and Auburn (8–4). The series is tied in Montgomery (2–2). Alabama leads the series since it was resumed in the modern era in 1948 (38–28). For the first time in the series history, four consecutive Iron Bowl winners went on to win the BCS National Championship Game: Alabama in 2009,[36] Auburn in 2010,[37] and Alabama again in 2011[38] and 2012. It also marks the first time that two different teams from the same state won consecutive BCS National Championships.

# Date Location Winner Score Series
Alabama Auburn
1 February 22, 1893 Birmingham, AL Auburn 22 32 AU 1–0
2 November 30, 1893 Montgomery, AL Auburn 16 40 AU 2–0
3 November 29, 1894 Montgomery, AL Alabama 18 0 AU 2–1
4 November 23, 1895 Tuscaloosa, AL Auburn 0 48 AU 3–1
5 November 17, 1900 Montgomery, AL Auburn 5 53 AU 4–1
6 November 15, 1901 Tuscaloosa, AL Auburn 0 17 AU 5–1
7 October 18, 1902 Birmingham, AL Auburn 0 23 AU 6–1
8 October 23, 1903 Montgomery, AL Alabama 18 6 AU 6–2
9 November 12, 1904 Birmingham, AL Auburn 5 29 AU 7–2
10 November 18, 1905 Birmingham, AL Alabama 30 0 AU 7–3
11 November 17, 1906 Birmingham, AL Alabama 10 0 AU 7–4
12 November 16, 1907 Birmingham, AL Tie 6 6 AU 7–4–1
13 December 4, 1948 Birmingham, AL Alabama 55 0 AU 7–5–1
14 December 3, 1949 Birmingham, AL Auburn 13 14 AU 8–5–1
15 December 2, 1950 Birmingham, AL Alabama 34 0 AU 8–6–1
16 December 2, 1951 Birmingham, AL Alabama 25 7 AU 8–7–1
17 November 29, 1952 Birmingham, AL Alabama 21 0 Tied 8–8–1
18 November 28, 1953 Birmingham, AL Alabama 10 7 AL 9–8–1
19 November 27, 1954 Birmingham, AL Auburn 0 8 Tied 9–9–1
20 November 26, 1955 Birmingham, AL Auburn 0 26 AU 10–9–1
21 December 1, 1956 Birmingham, AL Auburn 7 34 AU 11–9–1
22 November 30, 1957 Birmingham, AL Auburn 0 40 AU 12–9–1
23 November 29, 1958 Birmingham, AL Auburn 8 14 AU 13–9–1
24 November 28, 1959 Birmingham, AL Alabama 10 0 AU 13–10–1
25 November 26, 1960 Birmingham, AL Alabama 3 0 AU 13–11–1
26 December 2, 1961 Birmingham, AL Alabama 34 0 AU 13–12–1
27 December 1, 1962 Birmingham, AL Alabama 38 0 Tie 13–13–1
28 November 30, 1963 Birmingham, AL Auburn 8 10 AU 14–13–1
29 November 26, 1964 Birmingham, AL Alabama 21 14 Tie 14–14–1
30 November 27, 1965 Birmingham, AL Alabama 30 3 AL 15–14–1
31 December 3, 1966 Birmingham, AL Alabama 31 0 AL 16–14–1
32 December 2, 1967 Birmingham, AL Alabama 7 3 AL 17–14–1
33 November 30, 1968 Birmingham, AL Alabama 24 16 AL 18–14–1
34 November 29, 1969 Birmingham, AL Auburn 26 49 AL 18–15–1
35 November 28, 1970 Birmingham, AL Auburn 28 33 AL 18–16–1
36 November 27, 1971 Birmingham, AL Alabama 31 7 AL 19–16–1
37 December 2, 1972 Birmingham, AL Auburn 16 17 AL 19–17–1
38 December 1, 1973 Birmingham, AL Alabama 35 0 AL 20–17–1
39 November 29, 1974 Birmingham, AL Alabama 17 13 AL 21–17–1
40 November 29, 1975 Birmingham, AL Alabama 28 0 AL 22–17–1
41 November 27, 1976 Birmingham, AL Alabama 38 7 AL 23–17–1
42 November 26, 1977 Birmingham, AL Alabama 48 21 AL 24–17–1
43 December 2, 1978 Birmingham, AL Alabama 34 16 AL 25–17–1
44 December 1, 1979 Birmingham, AL Alabama 25 18 AL 26–17–1
45 November 29, 1980 Birmingham, AL Alabama 34 18 AL 27–17–1
46 November 28, 1981 Birmingham, AL Alabama 28 17 AL 28–17–1
47 November 27, 1982 Birmingham, AL Auburn 22 23 AL 28–18–1
48 December 3, 1983 Birmingham, AL Auburn 20 23 AL 28–19–1
49 December 1, 1984 Birmingham, AL Alabama 17 15 AL 29–19–1
50 November 30, 1985 Birmingham, AL Alabama 25 23 AL 30–19–1
51 November 29, 1986 Birmingham, AL Auburn 17 21 AL 30–20–1
52 November 27, 1987 Birmingham, AL Auburn 0 10 AL 30–21–1
53 November 25, 1988 Birmingham, AL Auburn 10 15 AL 30–22–1
54 December 2, 1989 Auburn, AL Auburn 20 30 AL 30–23–1
55 December 1, 1990 Birmingham, AL Alabama 16 7 AL 31–23–1
56 November 30, 1991 Birmingham, AL Alabama 13 6 AL 32–23–1
57 November 26, 1992 Birmingham, AL Alabama 17 0 AL 33–23–1
58 November 20, 1993 Auburn, AL Auburn 14 22 AL 33–24–1
59 November 19, 1994 Birmingham, AL Alabama 21 14 AL 34–24–1
60 November 18, 1995 Auburn, AL Auburn 27 31 AL 34–25–1
61 November 23, 1996 Birmingham, AL Alabama 24 23 AL 35–25–1
62 November 22, 1997 Auburn, AL Auburn 17 18 AL 35–26–1
63 November 21, 1998 Birmingham, AL Alabama 31 17 AL 36–26–1
64 November 20, 1999 Auburn, AL Alabama 28 17 AL 37–26–1
65 November 18, 2000 Tuscaloosa, AL Auburn 0 9 AL 37–27–1
66 November 17, 2001 Auburn, AL Alabama 31 7 AL 38–27–1
67 November 23, 2002 Tuscaloosa, AL Auburn 7 17 AL 38–28–1
68 November 22, 2003 Auburn, AL Auburn 23 28 AL 38–29–1
69 November 20, 2004 Tuscaloosa, AL Auburn 13 21 AL 38–30–1
70 November 19, 2005 Auburn, AL Auburn 18 28 AL 38–31–1
71 November 18, 2006 Tuscaloosa, AL Auburn 15 22 AL 38–32–1
72 November 24, 2007 Auburn, AL Auburn 10 17 AL 38–33–1
73 November 29, 2008 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 36 0 AL 39–33–1
74 November 27, 2009 Auburn, AL Alabama 26 21 AL 40–33–1
75 November 26, 2010 Tuscaloosa, AL Auburn 27 28 AL 40–34–1
76 November 26, 2011 Auburn, AL Alabama 42 14 AL 41–34–1
77 November 24, 2012 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 49 0 AL 42–34–1
78 November 30, 2013 Auburn, AL Auburn 28 34 AL 42–35–1

Series record sources: 2011 Alabama Football Media Guide,[39] 2011 Auburn Football Media Guide,[40] and College Football Data Warehouse.[41]

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