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Tide, Tiger fans converge in Auburn for 80th Iron Bowl

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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

This weekend marks the 80th meeting between the Auburn Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide in the fiercest rivalry in college football - the Iron Bowl.

In the 79 previous meetings Alabama has come out victorious in 43 of them.  

This is the first time the Iron Bowl is back at Jordan-Hare Stadium since the wild finish in 2013. Chris Davis returned a kick 109 yards with no time left to win Auburn the game.  

This year, Alabama comes in as the No. 2-ranked team in the country and has College Football Playoff championship aspirations. Auburn became bowl eligible with their win vs. Idaho on Nov. 21.   

When I caught up with some families with a fandom split there was great smack talk.

"You really wanna hope for that one second, it only take one second to tear Alabama up, I feel we can do it again this year. You only need one second. How do you feel?" the Auburn fan asked his father the Alabama fan. 

"You gonna need more than one second this year. You gonna need 2 or 3 games or 3 or 4 hours," on fan said. 

There were quiet a few families with allegiances split right down the middle. One family of five and a dog, were split 50-50.

"Two daughters are daddy's girls, so Roll Tide! And he is a momma's boy," the father said. 

Regardless if you are screaming Roll Tide or War Eagle, the Iron Bowl always shapes up to be a great one.

"Kinda came down to the last second as everybody knows and you’ve seen the replay so many times. It is just phenomenal you may not ever see another one quite like that," an Auburn fan said. "But that’s the thing about the Iron Bowl it always winds up being a special game every year.  No matter how dominant a team has been during the season it comes down the this one."

For the first Iron Bowl back in Auburn since the last crazy finish, the Tigers made need some similar magic to knock off the second-ranked Tide. 

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