The Iron Bowl is undoubtedly one of the greatest rivalries in college football. The game pits two of the top college football programs in the nation against each other, and they also happen to reside in the same state. The games have a reputation for being very competitive and highly unpredictable. Just a few days ago, the 2014 Iron Bowl had the highest number of viewers than any other regular season game on ESPN since 2009.
There have been a total of 72 games since 1902, with a break in games from 1908 through 1947. The Alabama Crimson Tide leads the series over the Auburn Tigers 42-30.
Who Scores the most points in the Iron Bowl:
Prior to this year, Alabama has not been known for their offensive power. Sure, they have been explosive at times, but not for extended periods of time. Even so, The Crimson Tide still has a commanding lead in cumulative points scored over the Tigers during the Iron Bowl.
Iron Bowl Total Wins by Year Interactive Graph:
As previously mentioned, Alabama leads the the series 42-30.
Bear Bryant had a Phenomenal Career at Alabama – Especially Against Auburn:
Nick Saban has really turned the team around and brought them back to being a national powerhouse. However, his success against Auburn pales in comparison to the success that legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant had against the Tigers. Bryant was the Alabama coach from 1958 through 1982 and acquired an outstanding record of 19-3 against Auburn. Nick Saban, in contrast, is 5-3 against Auburn in his first 8 years. As a fan, I am certainly not complaining about Saban’s record. However, it must have been spectacular to be a fan during those years.
This interactive chart plots the winning percentages of Auburn and Alabama in the Iron Bowl, with some notes regarding Coaches Bryant and Saban.
Data compiled from: Sports Reference.