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History of the Iron Bowl (and Where to Watch the Game)

By Product Expert | Posted in Community on Thursday, November 1st, 2018 at 2:00 pm
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It’s no secret that in Alabama, college football reigns king as the most popular sport in the state. And, when it comes to college football in Alabama, no game means more than the annual Iron Bowl! The game between Auburn University and the University of Alabama looks to be another great matchup for 2018, if you want to know more about the fascinating history of this historic rivalry, keep reading! 

[Read More: Best Sports Bars in Montgomery, Alabama] 

The upcoming matchup between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers will be the 83rd meeting all-time between the two schools, with Alabama leading the series 45-36-1. The first game between the two schools took place in 1893, which Auburn won 32-22. However, after a tie in the 1907 meeting, the rivalry stopped as the schools couldn’t agree on where to play the game and wouldn’t resume the series until 1948. 

If you’re wondering why the game is dubbed the “Iron Bowl”, it’s because a majority of the meetings took place in Birmingham, Alabama, as a neutral location. Birmingham was a hotbed of steel production, called by some the “Pittsburgh of the South.” This led to then-Auburn coach Shug Jordan in 1964 nicknaming the game the “Iron Bowl” and the name just stuck! 

In recent history, Auburn won the 2017 matchup by a score of 26-14. The Crimson Tide, however, have mostly had the upper hand in the series as of late, winning seven of the last 10 games. 

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Where to Watch the Iron Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama 

Now that you’ve got a few trivia tidbits to share with friends while watching the game, you just need to find a place to watch the game!  

Montgomery has numerous sports bars that will be ready with specials and more for the Iron Bowl including great places like Baumhower’sPlayers Sports Pub and Wingers Sports Grill. If you ask us, you can’t go wrong with any of those choices! 

Thanks for reading! Keep up with our blog for more posts like this! Good luck to both teams in this year’s Iron Bowl! 

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