Sep 5, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide marching band plays prior to the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports
1948 Iron Bowl – A Renewed Hatred
The 1948 Iron Bowl was the first time Auburn and Alabama had faced each other in football since 1907. That’s 41 years in the state of Alabama without an Iron Bowl, something that sounds unthinkable now.
The Iron Bowl was discontinued because the schools said the rivalry had become too heated, too filled with fan and player animosity. In truth it probably also had a lot to do with an Alabama State Legislature, full of Alabama graduates, who spent much of the early 1900s trying to do away with Auburn. So to say that there was some bad blood between the schools would be an understatement.
In 1948 the Iron Bowl was brought back to life. Students of Alabama and Auburn actually buried a hatchet together to show that feelings had changed… and they might have for that one afternoon.
Auburn and Alabama Football is a rivalry in sports like no other; it’s just not something that can be shook on and forgotten. You have to assume that the 55-0 beat down that the Alabama Crimson Tide put on the hapless Auburn Tigers that day also didn’t do anything to help relations.
The Iron Bowl was being played, and Alabama was winning it big, once again all was right in the world.
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