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Iron Bowl
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Alabama Crimson Tide Auburn Tigers

Total meetings 79
Series record Alabama leads, 43–35–1 (.545)
First meeting February 22, 1893
Auburn 32, Alabama 22
Last meeting November 29, 2014
Alabama 55, Auburn 44
Next meeting November 28, 2015
Largest win Alabama, 55–0 (1948)
Longest win streak Alabama, 9 (1973–81)
Current win streak Alabama, 1 (2014–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 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 43–35–1.

Since 2000, the games have been played at Jordan–Hare Stadium in Auburn every odd-numbered year and Bryant–Denny Stadium in 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 an 8–4 record in games played at Jordan–Hare Stadium and a 7–3 record in games played in Tuscaloosa (5–3 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.

The rivalry has long been reckoned as one of the most heated collegiate rivalries in the country: for a long time, they were the only Alabama schools in what is now Division I FBS. 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 in 1992, 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 2010, 2012, and 2013 and Auburn winning in 2011 but losing in 2014.

History[edit]

The contest became the extension of the bitter political debate that took place in the Alabama State Legislature regarding the location of the new land-grant college under the state's application under the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862 during the Civil War Reconstruction Era. The state legislature, which was controlled by University of Alabama alumni, pushed to sell the land scripts of 240,000 acres acquired from the Morrill Act or have any new land holdings held in conjunction with the university in Tuscaloosa. The debate lasted over four years, till Lee County and the City of Auburn won the location of the new university in 1872, after donating more than 100 acres and the remaining buildings and property of the East Alabama Male College.[4]

During the 1870s the state legislature mismanaged Auburn's endowment putting the school on the edge of collapse. Collapse of the Agricultural and Mechanical College meant that the University of Alabama could assume the remaining land scripts, thus profiting from the closure of the new land-grant college. "By 1877, competition between the University of Alabama and the Agricultural & Mechanical College for patronage had intensified. In January, Auburn President Isaac Tichenor, reported to the board of trustees that Alabama had reduced its tuition and lowered its graduation standards. Tichenor responded by requesting that the board drop tuition and create a boarding department to further lower expenses."[5]

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. Alabama considered the game to be the final matchup of the 1892 season and Auburn recorded it as the first of 1893.

During the 1907 state legislature session, a debate surfaced to move the land-grant college from Auburn to Birmingham. Then later in that same session, the legislature approved the first appropriation to Auburn some 35 years after it first opened its doors, for a promised $800,000. The college only received a third of that appropriation, while the University of Alabama remained fully funded through the State Board of Education. The state legislature, still controlled by University of Alabama alumni, still appeared intent on letting Auburn "dry out".[6] Meanwhile, tensions carried over to the football rivalry 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.[7] The series was 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.[8]

Attacks on the Agricultural and Mechanical College existence continued by the legislature. In 1915, appropriations to Auburn were withheld, which continued at times through the 1930s.[9] During a 1945 legislative session, "The University of Alabama's report to the commission argued that the Tuscaloosa school had well-established and broad responsibilities for higher education in the state. Four times in Alabama history, higher education responsibilities had been delegated to other institutions. In three of the four cases, this occurred under a state government established during the Reconstruction period: creation of the normal schools, higher education for blacks, and establishment of the land-grant college at Auburn. The fourth case was the state women's college at Montevallo. In each case, this had resulted from "the illogic inherent in the evolution of a democratic government." While it was indeed true that American higher education was relatively democratized, with the consequent scattering of resources, the Alabama report had a haughty tone that drew a sharp response from President Luther Duncan (then Auburn President), who said that he had never seen "a bolder, more deliberate, more vicious, or more deceptive document." He predicted that if the friends of Auburn and Montevallo did not rise up to combat "this evil monster," it would consume them "just like the doctrine of Hitler." Duncan also remarked that according to Alabama, "Auburn is the illegitimate children…born out of the misery of the reconstruction period." [10] With the end of World War II, "The GI Bill had inundated Alabama Polytechnic Institute (API) with students—doubling enrollment twice between 1944 and 1948." Auburn could not be ignored at this point or "coldly and systematically strangled to death," or at least choked "until such time as it should become so weak that......it could be absorbed" by the University of Alabama. The return of the Iron Bowl in 1948 solidified the permanence of the land-grant university at Auburn.[10]

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".[11] 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.[12][13]

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.[14] 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. Although CBS has broadcast the majority of Iron Bowl games through its SEC coverage, ESPN has aired the game several times, from 1995 through 1999, 2003, and 2007. In 2014, CBS's decision to broadcast the Egg Bowl due to a number of factors (which included contractual limits on how many time CBS may feature certain teams, and the larger prominence of the Egg Bowl due to its potential effects on Mississippi State's participation in the College Football Playoff) resulted in ESPN broadcasting the first Iron Bowl played in primetime.[15][16]

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 the 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]

1906: Burks Stars – Alabama's first star running back Auxford Burks scores all of its points in a 10 to 0 victory.

1948: Rivalry Renewed – The rivalry resumed after being suspended for 41 years due to issues related to player per diems and officiating. Alabama beat Auburn 55–0 at Legion Field. It remains the largest margin of victory in series history.[17]

1964: First Televised Iron Bowl – Played on November 26, 1964, this was the first Iron Bowl broadcast on national television.[18] 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 Iron Bowl 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.[19]

1967: The Run in the Mud – This was the first night game in the series. Thunderstorms soaked Legion Field, making 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 Ken Stabler ran 47 yards for a touchdown to give Alabama a 7–3 victory. Even though he appeared to run out of bounds, the referees did not stop the play because the sidelines had washed away in the rain.[20]

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 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.[21]

1972: Punt Bama Punt – #2 Alabama was leading #9 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, making it 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 hit the extra point to give Auburn a 17–16 win. In August 2010, ESPN.com ranked the game as the 8th most painful outcome in college history.[22] Despite the loss, Alabama won the SEC Championship that season. [23]

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.[24] However, prior to the throw, Alabama cornerback Mike Washington “threw his body at” Gossom causing him to step on the boundary.[25] The rule then prevented players from returning in-bounds after being knocked out, and the touchdown was called back. Auburn closed the gap on a fake field goal, but the Tide won the game.

1981: 315 – Alabama coach Bear Bryant earned his 315th career victory after Alabama defeated Auburn 28–17. 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 left, 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 23–22. The victory ended Alabama's nine-game winning streak over Auburn. Alabama coach Bear Bryant would pass away 60 days later, January 26, 1983.

1984: Wrong Way Bo – Late in the game Auburn trailed 17–15, 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, causing Fullwood to be easily forced out of bounds by an Alabama defender, Rory Turner. Alabama won 17–15.[26][27]

1985: The Kick – After four lead changes in the fourth quarter, Alabama had the ball on their own 12-yard line, trailing 23–22 with 37 seconds left. 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 25–23.[28][29]

1986: Lawyer Tillman Reverse - With Alabama leading 17-14 with 32 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter, Lawyer Tillman ran through traffic around the left end on a reverse play on 2nd and goal from the 8 for the 21-17 victory. Auburn would go on to win the next 4 games in the series.

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.

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.[30] Despite the loss, Alabama earned a berth in the SEC Championship Game for the second straight season[31] Auburn finished the season undefeated.

1994: How the Inch Stole Christmas - Both teams entered the 1994 Iron Bowl with undefeated records. Alabama entered the game with a 10-0 record and a #4 ranking, while Auburn entered with a record of 9-0-1 and was #6 in the polls. Auburn had not lost a game since losing to Alabama exactly two years earlier. Alabama hopped out to a 21-0 lead before the end of the first half, but Auburn came roaring back in the second half to cut the lead to 21-14. With 1:47 left to play in the final quarter, Auburn got the ball back at its own half-yard line with no timeouts. The Tigers were able to reach the Alabama 42-yard-line, but ultimately came up an inch short on a 4th-and-three. Both Auburn players and fans insisted that the spot of the ball was incorrect, and the game remains a point of contention between fans of both teams who remember the game. [32]

1997: The Fumble - Alabama was up 17–15 late. Fullback Ed Scissum caught a swing pass and got hit by Martavius Houston. The hit caused Scissum to fumble. The fumble was recovered by Quinton Reese. Jarrett Holmes hit a 39-yard field goal with 20 seconds left. Alabama had one final shot with six seconds left, but freshman A.J. Diaz's 57-yard attempt fell short to give Auburn an 18–17 victory and their first SEC West title and earned a berth in the 1997 SEC Championship Game.

1999: Alabama's Win on the Plains – Alabama beat 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: Auburn comes to Tuscaloosa/ The Sleet Bowl - For the first time in the modern era, the Auburn Tigers came to Tuscaloosa. Auburn kicked three field goals to beat Alabama 9-0. Sleet fell during much of the game.

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.

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 DriveGreg McElroy threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to fullback Roy Upchurch with 1:24 remaining to lift No. 2 Alabama to a 26–21 win over Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium. That play capped a 15-play, 79-yard drive that consumed more than seven minutes. Auburn came into the game as heavy underdogs but jumped out to a 14–0 lead, thanks to a 67-yard TD run by Terrell Zachary and 1-yard pass TD pass to Eric Smith from Chris Todd. Alabama responded with a Colin Peek 33-yard touchdown catch and a 2-yard TD run by Trent Richardson, tying the game at halftime. Todd set a new Auburn single-season passing TD record with a 72-yard strike to Darvin Adams. Leigh Tiffin cut the advantage to 21–20 with a pair of field goals, setting up the final drive. Auburn had one final chance, but a Hail Mary pass was knocked down in the end zone by Rolando McClain as time expired. Mark Ingram was held to 30 yards on 16 carries but still managed to win the 2009 Heisman Trophy. Alabama went on to defeat Tim Tebow and No. 1 Florida in the 2009 SEC Championship Game and win the 2010 BCS National Championship against Texas.[34]

2010: The Cam-Back – No. 2 Auburn defeated No. 11 Alabama 28–27 after overcoming a 24–0 deficit when Cam Newton rallied his troops to outscore Alabama 28–3 over the remainder of the game, ending with a touchdown pass to Philip Lutzenkirchen with 11:55 remaining in the fourth quarter. It was the biggest deficit overcome in Iron Bowl history. Auburn, which had already clinched the SEC West, went on to win the 2010 SEC Championship Game against South Carolina and its first BCS national championship in school history by defeating Oregon in the 2011 BCS Championship Game.[35]

2013: Kick Six – Going into the game, Alabama was 11–0 and had been ranked No. 1 in the polls all season, while Auburn was 10–1 and No. 4 in all major polls, making this the highest ranked Iron Bowl ever and only the second time ever that both teams were ranked in the top five. "Kick Six" 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 blocked. With seven seconds left in regulation and the score tied at 28, Alabama's T. J. Yeldon rushed 24 yards to the Auburn 38 and appeared to step out of bounds just as time expired. However, Alabama argued there was 1 second left. Upon review, it was determined that Yeldon had gone out of bounds with :01 on the clock. Alabama freshman kicker Adam Griffith attempted a game-winning 57-yard field goal. Griffith's attempt fell short and Auburn's Chris Davis fielded it nine yards deep in his own end zone. With Alabama's field goal unit being mostly made of offensive linemen, Davis sprinted 109 yards for a touchdown and a 34–28 Auburn win.[36] Under NCAA scoring rules, Davis was officially credited with the maximum 100-yard touchdown return (the NCAA does not count yardage inside the end zone in returns). 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.[37] Auburn would go on to defeat Missouri in the 2013 SEC Championship Game but lost to Florida State in the final seconds of the 2014 BCS National Championship Game. At the 2014 ESPYs (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award), both Davis' return and the game itself received awards. The return was awarded "Play of the Year" and the game awarded "Game of the Year".[38]

2014: The Shootout at Bryant-Denny- Going into the game, Alabama was ranked No. 1 for the second consecutive year, while Auburn had an 8–3 record and was ranked No. 15 in the College Football Playoff rankings. Alabama jumped out to a 14–3 lead quickly. However, a pair of Blake Sims interceptions and an explosive offense gave Auburn a slim 26–21 halftime lead. On the first drive of the second half, Sims threw his third interception of the game. Auburn capitalized with a passing touchdown to extend the lead to 33–21. Alabama head coach Nick Saban elected to stick with Sims at quarterback, and Sims would repay Saban's trust. Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper caught two touchdowns in rapid succession from Sims to cut Auburn's lead to 36–34 heading into the fourth quarter. Lane Kiffin's Crimson Tide offense scored three unanswered touchdowns to give Alabama a 55–36 lead. Auburn's Nick Marshall led a touchdown drive in the waning minutes, but it was not enough to prevent a 55–44 Alabama victory. This Iron Bowl saw several records broken. The combined 99 points were the most ever scored in the series. Alabama's 55 points tied 1948 for the most points scored by Alabama in an Iron Bowl. The teams combined for 1,167 total yards for another series record. Alabama, which had already clinched the SEC West thanks to Ole Miss's 31–17 win over Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl, went on to defeat SEC East champion Missouri in the 2014 SEC Championship Game and advance to the first ever College Football Playoff.[39][40]

Game results[edit]

Since 1893, the Crimson Tide and Tigers have played 79 times. Alabama leads the series 43–35–1. 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 (7–3) 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 (39–28). For the first time in the series history, five consecutive Iron Bowl winners went to the BCS National Championship Game: Alabama in 2009,[41] Auburn in 2010,[42] and Alabama again in 2011[43] 2012. Auburn also went to the 2013, but lost to Florida State. It also marks the first time that two different teams from the same state won consecutive BCS National Championships.

Alabama victories are colored ██ crimson. Auburn victories are colored ██ navy blue. Ties are white.

Date Location Winner Score Series
Alabama Auburn
February 22, 1893 Birmingham, AL Auburn 22 32 Auburn 1–0
November 30, 1893 Montgomery, AL Auburn 16 40 Auburn 2–0
November 29, 1894 Montgomery, AL Alabama 18 0 Auburn 2–1
November 23, 1895 Tuscaloosa, AL Auburn 0 48 Auburn 3–1
November 17, 1900 Montgomery, AL Auburn 5 53 Auburn 4–1
November 15, 1901 Tuscaloosa, AL Auburn 0 17 Auburn 5–1
October 18, 1902 Birmingham, AL Auburn 0 23 Auburn 6–1
October 23, 1903 Montgomery, AL Alabama 18 6 Auburn 6–2
November 12, 1904 Birmingham, AL Auburn 5 29 Auburn 7–2
November 18, 1905 Birmingham, AL Alabama 30 0 Auburn 7–3
November 17, 1906 Birmingham, AL Alabama 10 0 Auburn 7–4
November 16, 1907 Birmingham, AL Tie 6 6 Auburn 7–4–1
December 4, 1948 Birmingham, AL Alabama 55 0 Auburn 7–5–1
December 3, 1949 Birmingham, AL Auburn 13 14 Auburn 8–5–1
December 2, 1950 Birmingham, AL Alabama 34 0 Auburn 8–6–1
December 2, 1951 Birmingham, AL Alabama 25 7 Auburn 8–7–1
November 29, 1952 Birmingham, AL Alabama 21 0 Tie 8–8–1
November 28, 1953 Birmingham, AL Alabama 10 7 Alabama 9–8–1
November 27, 1954 Birmingham, AL Auburn 0 8 Tie 9–9–1
November 26, 1955 Birmingham, AL Auburn 0 26 Auburn 10–9–1
December 1, 1956 Birmingham, AL Auburn 7 34 Auburn 11–9–1
November 30, 1957 Birmingham, AL Auburn 0 40 Auburn 12–9–1
November 29, 1958 Birmingham, AL Auburn 8 14 Auburn 13–9–1
November 28, 1959 Birmingham, AL Alabama 10 0 Auburn 13–10–1
November 26, 1960 Birmingham, AL Alabama 3 0 Auburn 13–11–1
December 2, 1961 Birmingham, AL Alabama 34 0 Auburn 13–12–1
December 1, 1962 Birmingham, AL Alabama 38 0 Tie 13–13–1
November 30, 1963 Birmingham, AL Auburn 8 10 Auburn 14–13–1
November 26, 1964 Birmingham, AL Alabama 21 14 Tie 14–14–1
November 27, 1965 Birmingham, AL Alabama 30 3 Alabama 15–14–1
December 3, 1966 Birmingham, AL Alabama 31 0 Alabama 16–14–1
December 2, 1967 Birmingham, AL Alabama 7 3 Alabama 17–14–1
November 30, 1968 Birmingham, AL Alabama 24 16 Alabama 18–14–1
November 29, 1969 Birmingham, AL Auburn 26 49 Alabama 18–15–1
November 28, 1970 Birmingham, AL Auburn 28 33 Alabama 18–16–1
November 27, 1971 Birmingham, AL Alabama 31 7 Alabama 19–16–1
December 2, 1972 Birmingham, AL Auburn 16 17 Alabama 19–17–1
December 1, 1973 Birmingham, AL Alabama 35 0 Alabama 20–17–1
November 29, 1974 Birmingham, AL Alabama 17 13 Alabama 21–17–1
November 29, 1975 Birmingham, AL Alabama 28 0 Alabama 22–17–1
November 27, 1976 Birmingham, AL Alabama 38 7 Alabama 23–17–1
November 26, 1977 Birmingham, AL Alabama 48 21 Alabama 24–17–1
December 2, 1978 Birmingham, AL Alabama 34 16 Alabama 25–17–1
December 1, 1979 Birmingham, AL Alabama 25 18 Alabama 26–17–1
November 29, 1980 Birmingham, AL Alabama 34 18 Alabama 27–17–1
November 28, 1981 Birmingham, AL Alabama 28 17 Alabama 28–17–1
November 27, 1982 Birmingham, AL Auburn 22 23 Alabama 28–18–1
December 3, 1983 Birmingham, AL Auburn 20 23 Alabama 28–19–1
December 1, 1984 Birmingham, AL Alabama 17 15 Alabama 29–19–1
November 30, 1985 Birmingham, AL Alabama 25 23 Alabama 30–19–1
November 29, 1986 Birmingham, AL Auburn 17 21 Alabama 30–20–1
November 27, 1987 Birmingham, AL Auburn 0 10 Alabama 30–21–1
November 25, 1988 Birmingham, AL Auburn 10 15 Alabama 30–22–1
December 2, 1989 Auburn, AL Auburn 20 30 Alabama 30–23–1
December 1, 1990 Birmingham, AL Alabama 16 7 Alabama 31–23–1
November 30, 1991 Birmingham, AL Alabama 13 6 Alabama 32–23–1
November 26, 1992 Birmingham, AL Alabama 17 0 Alabama 33–23–1
November 20, 1993 Auburn, AL Auburn 14 22 Alabama 33–24–1
November 19, 1994 Birmingham, AL Alabama 21 14 Alabama 34–24–1
November 18, 1995 Auburn, AL Auburn 27 31 Alabama 34–25–1
November 23, 1996 Birmingham, AL Alabama 24 23 Alabama 35–25–1
November 22, 1997 Auburn, AL Auburn 17 18 Alabama 35–26–1
November 21, 1998 Birmingham, AL Alabama 31 17 Alabama 36–26–1
November 20, 1999 Auburn, AL Alabama 28 17 Alabama 37–26–1
November 18, 2000 Tuscaloosa, AL Auburn 0 9 Alabama 37–27–1
November 17, 2001 Auburn, AL Alabama 31 7 Alabama 38–27–1
November 23, 2002 Tuscaloosa, AL Auburn 7 17 Alabama 38–28–1
November 22, 2003 Auburn, AL Auburn 23 28 Alabama 38–29–1
November 20, 2004 Tuscaloosa, AL Auburn 13 21 Alabama 38–30–1
November 19, 2005 Auburn, AL Auburn 18 28 Alabama 38–31–1
November 18, 2006 Tuscaloosa, AL Auburn 15 22 Alabama 38–32–1
November 24, 2007 Auburn, AL Auburn 10 17 Alabama 38–33–1
November 29, 2008 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 36 0 Alabama 39–33–1
November 27, 2009 Auburn, AL Alabama 26 21 Alabama 40–33–1
November 26, 2010 Tuscaloosa, AL Auburn 27 28 Alabama 40–34–1
November 26, 2011 Auburn, AL Alabama 42 14 Alabama 41–34–1
November 24, 2012 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 49 0 Alabama 42–34–1
November 30, 2013 Auburn, AL Auburn 28 34 Alabama 42–35–1
November 29, 2014 Tuscaloosa, AL Alabama 55 44 Alabama 43–35–1
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Series record sources: 2011 Alabama Football Media Guide,[44] 2011 Auburn Football Media Guide,[45] and College Football Data Warehouse.[46]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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