The Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers will meet for the 81st time at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Nov. 26 to continue the storied rivalry between the two teams. The Crimson Tide will come into the game ranked number one in the country and the only undefeated team left in the Power 5 conferences. Alabama also clinched a spot in Atlanta for the SEC Championship after defending their SEC West title.
Auburn, which is ranked #18, gave up their chance to win the West title against Alabama after falling to Georgia last weekend in Athens, 13-7. However, the Tigers will be looking to hand the Crimson Tide its first loss and upset the team’s hope at the College Football Playoff.
Both teams will have to get past some smaller schools this weekend. Alabama is hosting Chattanooga and Auburn is welcoming Alabama A&M to the Plains.
Over the last few years, the Iron Bowl has been a major factor in the National Championship picture, which has resulted in some memorable finishes. Regardless of the circumstances, each year the Iron Bowl is a hard fought battle between two schools in the same state only separated by 150 miles.
The 2016 edition of the Iron Bowl will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26 and will be televised on CBS. News Five will hold a special program for the rivalry, “Battle for Braggin’ Rights”, from Windcreek Casino and Hotel that will air on Thanksgiving Day at 6:30 p.m. and the next day at noon.
With that in mind, News Five wanted to get the opinion of our viewers on a question always debated between Tide and Tiger fans.
Forgot about one of them? Or just want to watch it again? You can watch them below and vote on what you think is the best in the 80-year history of Auburn vs. Alabama.
The Run in the Mud (1967)
Hall of Famer and Foley native Kenny “The Snake” Stabler ran 47 yards for a touchdown to give the Crimson Tide a 7-3 victory over Auburn in a muddy Legion Field.
Punt Bama Punt (1972)
Alabama led 16-3 in the fourth quarter and the improbable happened. After already blocking one and taking it for a touchdown, Auburn’s Bill Newton blocked the punt and David Langner picked it up and returned it for a second touchdown to take a 17-16 lead.
Bo Over the Top (1982)
In his freshman season at Auburn, Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson capped off a long Tigers’ drive by going ‘over the top’ of the defense to give Auburn the 23-22 win over Alabama.
The Kick by Van Tiffin (1985)
As time expired at Legion Field, Alabama’s Van Tiffin kicked a 52-yard field goal and the Crimson Tide beat Auburn 25-23. The game winner was Tiffin’s fourth field goal of the game.
The Reverse by Lawyer Tillman (1986)
Another great Iron Bowl in the 1980s. With :32 seconds on the clock, Mobile’s own Lawyer Tillman took a reverse through a crowded Tide defense for an 8-yard touchdown to lead Auburn to 17-14 victory.
Roy Upchurch Caps Off the Drive (2009)
The Crimson Tide offense controlled the ball for last half of the fourth quarter in a 15-play drive that was capped off by a play action pass touchdown from Greg McElroy to Roy Upchurch. Alabama won the game 26-21 and went to win their first National Championship in the Nick Saban era.
Lutzenkirchen Finishes the Comeback (2010)
After storming back from 24-0, Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton completed the comeback with a pass to Phillip Lutzenkirchen to give Auburn the 28-27 win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Auburn went on to win the National Championship and Lutzenkirchen’s dance has been dubbed the “the Lutzie”.
Kick Six (2013)
In an epic showdown between #1 Alabama and #4 Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Alabama decided to kick a 57-yard field goal with one second left in a tied game and Auburn’s Chris Davis returned it 109-yards to give the Tigers a 34-28 victory. Tigers’ fans rushed the field in what has been called one of the craziest finishes in college football history.
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