Nick Saban (L) chats with Gene Chizik (R) before the 2009 Iron Bowl. Alabama won 26-21. (The Huntsville Times / Robin Conn)
Alabama and Auburn meet for the 75th time on Friday in the annual “Iron Bowl”.
Before I dive into the actual game itself, I’ll give you a few quick facts about the Iron Bowl.
The series was moved from a neutral site in 1989 where Alabama traveled to Auburn for the first time in the series’ history. Alabama was undefeated and ranked second in the country, but Auburn would win the first Iron Bowl played at Jordan-Hare Stadium 30-20.
Alabama continued to play its “home” games at Legion Field until the year 2000 when it officially moved their home games to Tuscaloosa. The two teams had met before in Tuscaloosa in 1895 and 1901. Auburn won both games by a combined score of 65-0.
Auburn has dominated the series outside of neutral sites, winning 13 of 17 games (7-3 at Jordan-Hare, 6-1 at Bryant-Denny). However, Nick Saban is 1-0 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in the Iron Bowl. Alabama dominated the series at Legion Field with a 32-15 record. Overall, Alabama leads the series at 40-33-1 and the lone tie occurred in 1907. Continue reading