Football season nears its close as Week 13 approaches. And with Week 13 comes a plethora of rivalry matches to excite and entertain, one of which is the Iron Bowl.
Auburn and Alabama have been battling for dominance of the state for years, deeming their fight for the Heart of Dixie as the Iron Bowl.
With this year's matchup returning to Tuscaloosa, we throw back to the numbers to know about the history of the rivalry:
Per the Washington Post, Auburn coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan first called the Alabama-Auburn game the Iron Bowl in 1964 when a reporter asked him about the team’s disappointment over not making it to a bowl game.
It's reported that he responded: “We’ve got our bowl game. We have it every year. It’s the Iron Bowl in Birmingham.”
But, why the Iron Bowl? Well, Birmingham sits closely to large deposits of iron, and since the game was held at Legion Field in Birmingham for years, the Iron Bowl stuck.