Iron Bowl – Auburn vs. Alabama
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The Iron Bowl is a common name for the annual college football game between 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. 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 iron and steel industry of which its only rival
was the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Alabama leads the series with a 39–33–1 overall record. In 2008 Alabama broke Auburn’s six year winning streak with a 36–0 shutout.
The games are played at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa every even-numbered year, and at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn every odd-numbered year. For much of the twentieth 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 7-2 record in games played at Jordan-Hare Stadium and a 4-1 record in games played at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
In 2007, the game was pushed back to Thanksgiving weekend.
Due to a contract between the SEC and CBS Sports,
the 2009 and 2010 Iron Bowls will be played on the Friday after
Thanksgiving. The 2009 game will be the sixth Iron Bowl to be played on
a Friday and the first in 21 years.