CFB: Annual Iron Bowl - AUBURN at #1 ALABAMA (3:30 PM ET, CBS)
There are feuds, battles and clashes in college football and there is Auburn and Alabama. In no state does loyalty run deeper than when the Crimson Tide and Tigers collide.
There are feuds, battles and clashes in college football and there is Auburn and Alabama. In no state does loyalty run deeper than when the Crimson Tide and Tigers collide. Auburn has had an abysmal season by their lofty standards at 5-6. There is plenty of blame, but ranking last in red zone offense in the country, scoring on 58.8 percent of chances, has to be at the top. Auburn has won 6 Iron Bowl's in a row (4-2 ATS) and can shatter most of the dreams of #1 Alabama with a 7th triumph.
There is no game that has loyalties running deeper than Alabama and Auburn. This is a regionalized affair that is important to every Alabamian. In a state that has had a century-old love affair with college football, this one is about 60 minutes of football determining bragging rights in Alabama for the next 364 days. The losers have only "next year" to cling to because the scores of other games during the season really do not matter. The game is known as the Iron Bowl because its birthplace is in Birmingham, which was built around huge iron ore deposits in the Alabama hill country. What is truly unusual about this historic rivalry is it was not played for 41 years from 1907-1948. The universities had reached an impasse in 1907, with unfair officiating being one of the charges, and neither side could come to an agreement, thus no game was played in that time period.
The 1950's saw Auburn's Shug Jordan dominate the Crimson Tide, until Paul "Bear" Bryant returned and eventually the series turned to Alabama's favor. Bryant teams went on to crush the Tigers for years before losing in his final game in the series. Shortly thereafter, "The Bear" announced his retirement and two months later he passed away. The names like Joe Namath, Ken Stabler, Bo Jackson, Shaun Alexander are all part of the lore along with the infamous kicker Van Kiffen, who made what became known as "The Kick" in 1985. Kiffen drilled a 52-yard field goal with just seconds left to give Alabama a 25-23 win.
The home team is just 4-9 ATS; with the Tide 5-5 ATS in last 10 and Tigers 9-6 ATS on the road against ranked teams. HC Nick Saban's team is a big 14-1/2 point favorite for the '08 festivities.
StatFox Forecaster says: ALABAMA 27, AUBURN 16
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