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The Largest College Football Rivalry: What the National Championship Game Means for the Iron Bowl

Two hundred and eight years ago, in 1893, Auburn and Alabama met on Birmingham’s Lakeview Baseball Park, an event that started the largest rivalry game in the NCAA: The Iron Bowl. Auburn won the first game with a score of 32-22. While Alabama technically leads the series 39-34-1, what we Auburn fans actually need to focus on is: At Auburn, AU leads 6-2 and at Tuscaloosa, AU leads, 6-0. Well that statistic looks like it should work in our favor!

As we know this year, Alabama, is well, very good. Sorry to say it, but Nick Saban is one of the greatest coaches of our time; however, so is Gene Chizik, so we also have that going for us! On Alabama’s offense, we have Trent Richardson, who I’m sure you’ve heard of by now! He has 1205 yards this season, after touching the ball 204 times, averaging 5.9 yards/carry. Well Auburn has someone named Michael Dyer, who has 1037 yards this season, after 199 attempts, averaging 5.2 yards per carry.

Overall, my prediction for this game is that it will not be an offensive shoot-out. Alabama’s defense is ranked number one in the nation, allowing an average of 187 points per game. Good news for us is that their offense is number 30 in the nation. We are going to have to rely on our defensive leaders, DE Nosa Eguae, Corey Lemonier, and LB Eltoro Freeman to hold back Alabama’s offensive. If any of you saw the LSU/Bama game, we know if we have to make them attempt a field goal, we will be OK!

This year, Alabama is obviously a better team but the Iron Bowl is never like any other game of the season. The players play with unparalleled passion, because winning the Iron Bowl is, at least for some, better than the National Championship. We host “The Tide” at Jordan-Hare in two weeks, and we will PROTECT THIS HOUSE!

Emily Gray is a pyschology major at Auburn University. You can email her to discuss the latest in sports at [email protected]

Emily has just graduated from the University of Exeter with a BA in History. Whilst at Exeter she wrote a column for Her Campus about all the things you should have learnt by the time you leave university... she is still learning to not splurge her loan on ridiculously high heels! Hoping to pursue a career in writing Emily writes for Tres Chic Weddings Magazine and has had articles published in other online publications, as well as interning with a lifestyle magazine in London. She loves cakes and has become a bit of a connoisseur in search of the perfect brownie, once sampling 15 different types in one afternoon. Her perfect weekend would be spent drinking champagne cocktails and dancing into the small hours on Saturday night with her friends before going out for brunch on Sunday and then heading home to watch Agatha Christie murder mysteries all afternoon. She believes a cup of tea can solve everything and she lives by Shakespeare's line: The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.
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