- Alex Scarborough, ESPN Staff Writer
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From now until kickoff in Arlington, Texas, we'll be counting down from 100 to 1 until Alabama and Michigan get the season started. Today, we move to No. 76 and what it means to UA football.
In the South, there is no rivalry bigger than Alabama-Auburn. The Iron Bowl is arguably the most heated rivalry in all of American sports. And in 76 years of playing against one another, the intensity has only grown.
The rivalry has featured long periods of success on both sides, but Alabama owns the overall record. The Crimson Tide are 41-34-1 all time, winning at a 54 percent clip.
The first game, before it became known as the Iron Bowl, was way back in February 1893. Auburn won by 10 points and the back and forth battle went on until 1908 when the annual game was suspended. In 1947, the Alabama House of Representatives had to encourage the two schools to renew the rivalry. That same year the state congress threatened to without funding if Auburn and Alabama didn't come to an agreement.
The next year, the rivalry resumed, this time at Legion Field in Birmingham. Over the next two decades, the Auburn-Alabama matchup would get the name we know today: the Iron Bowl, due to Birmingham's prominent iron and steel industry.
Alabama has won the games with the largest margin of victory (55-0 in 1948) and the lowest score (3-0 in 1960). UA has won three of the last four meetings, and Auburn owns a winning record since 2000 (8-4). The longest streak is also the Tide's at nine-straight.
The two schools will meet again for the 77th time on Nov. 24 in Tuscaloosa.
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