Florida/Georgia vs. Auburn/Alabama
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  • According to Georgia, the series started in 1904.

  • According to Florida, it began in 1915.

  • Georgia leads the series, 44-35-2.

  • The Gators and Bulldogs played on Nov. 1 this year; Florida won, 16-13.
  • Alabama and Auburn have faced off in the "Iron Bowl" since 1893.

  • Alabama leads the series, 38-28-1.

  • The teams play this year on Nov. 22 at Auburn.
  • Florida/Georgia
    No Goof
    Georgia hated former Florida head coach Steve Spurrier. His team regularly whomped the Dawgs, and he made a practice of running up the score. And he showed no respect, once calling Georgia coach Ray Goff "Ray Goof."

    There was a time, though
    When things were pretty bad for Florida. Gators fans eased the pain by giving the worst losses their own nicknames:

    1975: "Appleby to Washington"
    1976: "Fourth and Dumb"
    1980: "Lindsay Scott"
    1985: "One Whole Week"

    The Classic Game
    Nov. 8, 1980. Florida up by 1 with 90 seconds left. Georgia at its own 7. Third-and-11. Georgia QB Buck Belue, on the run, completes a pass to Lindsay Scott, who catches it at the 25. Georgia broadcaster Larry Munson makes the call: "Lindsay Scott! ... 35, 40! ... Lindsay Scott! ... 45, 50! ... 45, 40! ... Run, Lindsay! ... 25, 20! ... 15, 10, 5! ... Lindsay Scott! ... Lindsay Scott! ... Lindsay Scott!"

    Ten years later, Belue was in Belize on business. While at a restaurant, a man sitting next to him stared, and said, "Are you Buck Belue? You are, aren't you? My gosh, I was there that day for Lindsay Scott. One of the happiest days of my life."

    At that moment, Belue understood what he had been a part of. "Man, I was in Belize. I started thinking, 'This thing is bigger than I even imagined.'"

    "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party"
    Oh, there's some real hatred, but for the most part it's pretty friendly during the days-long tailgate that goes on before and after the game.

    Florida grad Frank Brass told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1997 that he hadn't missed a Georgia-Florida matchup since 1949. He recalled, "One year, we danced until 3 a.m., and that was with the Georgia fans after they beat us." Margaret Williamson, a 90-year-old Georgia fan, might have been among them. "I'm a Bulldog," she said in the parking lot before this year's game. "But that doesn't mean I hate the Gators. There are some very nice Gators."
    --Jeff Merron

    When victory is twice as sweet
    Bear Bryant passed Amos Alonzo Stagg as the winningest coach in college football when the Crimson Tide won the 1981 Iron Bowl, 28-17.

    Classic Game
    Auburn trailed 16-3 with less than six minutes remaining in the 1972 contest. The Tigers came back to win, 17-16. Here's how it happened: Bill Newton blocked two punts. David Langer scooped up the ball both times for touchdowns.

    Growling Bear
    Bryant underscored the importance of the game when he said he would "rather beat that cow college once than beat Texas 10 times."

    You know it's a real rivalry when
    The two schools hate each other so much the game has to be played on neutral ground. That was the case between 1948 and 1989, when the teams played in Birmingham.

    Bo knows
    When it's time to take out his "A" game. Jackson rushed for 256 yards in the 1983 Iron Bowl, leading Auburn to a 23-20 win.

    How deep does it run?
    The rivalry was suspended for about 40 years because the two schools couldn't agree on how many players could suit up, among other things.

    When former Auburn star Fob James ran for governor in 1978, Alabama fans ran TV and newspaper ads asking Alabamans to just think about it: did they really want a former Auburn player in the governor's mansion?

    Well, sometimes the fans agree
    Pat Dye was an Alabama assistant coach during that 1972 game mentioned above. "We were leading 16-0, and thoroughly dominating, and Auburn finally got close enough to kick a field goal," he recalled. "Everybody in the stadium Legion Field in Birmingham -- 35,000 on one side wearing red, 35,000 on the other wearing orange and blue -- got up and booed Shug (Jordan) for kicking the field goal.

    "Our fans were booing because he'd spoiled the shutout, and their fans were booing because they thought he'd given up. As it turned out, that field goal was the winning margin - but it's the only time I've ever seen both teams' fans stand up and boo the same play."
    --Jeff Merron


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