Iron Bowl ranked No. 1 nastiest rivalry in college sports
There is certainly no love lost between two rivals and the annual "Iron Bowl" is no different. 247Sports ranked the Alabama-Auburn matchup as the No. 1 nastiest rivalry in college sports. Ahead of the likes of Oklahoma-Texas and Ohio State-Michigan in football, and Duke-North Carolina in basketball.
The Alabama-Auburn rivalry dates all the way back to 1893. The Crimson Tide lead the series 47-37-1 and have won nine of the past 12 meetings, including this past season 42-13 inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.
One of the most competitive rivalries in all sports, the Iron Bowl is traditionally played during Thanksgiving weekend. For the last decade, each matchup has held major SEC and national championship implications.
In 2014, No. 1 Alabama defeated No. 15 Auburn 55-44 in the highest-scoring Iron Bowl ever. For the 2018 matchup, the No. 1 Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers 52-21, the 31-point margin became the worst loss Gus Malzahn suffered at Auburn. Tua Tagovailoa accounted for six touchdowns, marking the first time an Alabama player scored six touchdowns in a single game.
The James E. Foy, V-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy is awarded annually to the winner during one of the regular-season basketball games. It currently resides in the Paul W. Bryant Museum.
The Crimson Tide holds the largest victory in the series, a 55-0 thumping back in 1948 and the longest win streak with 9 (1973-1981).