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3-point stance: Three biggest Iron Bowls

1. 1949 -- When Alabama and Auburn decided to renew their rivalry in 1948 after a 41-year break, the Crimson Tide, which had won a few national championships and been to five Rose Bowls, throttled the Tigers, 55-0. In 1949, Alabama, with a 6-2-1 record, expected to do the same to 1-4-3 Auburn. Instead, the Tigers stunned the Tide, 14-13, and talk that the rivalry was a waste of Alabama’s time subsided forever.

2. 1971 -- The only time that Alabama and Auburn entered the game undefeated, the only time before this week that both entered the game in the top five, and the only time that a victory assured the winner a place in a national championship game. No. 5 Auburn had Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan at quarterback. No. 3 Alabama, in its new Wishbone offense, had All-American tailback Johnny Musso. The Tide shut down Sullivan and the Tigers, 31-7, earning the right to be overrun by Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.

3. 1989 -- Before this game, Alabama and Auburn played every Iron Bowl at Legion Field in Birmingham, a “neutral” site in name only, since Alabama played several games there annually. Once Pat Dye took over as head coach and athletic director at Auburn in 1981, he vowed to get Auburn’s home game played in Auburn. Alabama finally agreed to do so in 1989. On that December Saturday, grown men wept during the pregame Tiger Walk to Jordan-Hare Stadium. Unbeaten, No. 2-ranked Alabama never had a chance. Auburn won 30-20.