Reuben Foster flip-flopped commitments, got tattoos, then flipped again. He endured two tough fan bases and now looks back as his wild high school saga draws to an end.
Gene Chizik goes from Auburn's king to a mere jester, yet the #KeepChizik hashtag could yet prove prescient for Alabama's faithful.
Alabama was expected to beat Auburn, but this wasn't always the case for the Crimson Tide's upperclassmen. That's what made this win memorable.
Alabama didn't look ahead to the SEC championship game and dispatched Auburn 49-0 in the Iron Bowl, giving the Crimson Tide a clear route to a BCS title spot.
A look at the things to watch in Saturday's Auburn-Alabama rivalry matchup.
The normal hype and hatred that accompanies the Iron Bowl have been toned down a bit due to Auburn's struggles and Alabama's dominance, especially with the lack of upsets in the series.
Alabama might have bought into the hype, but then Texas A&M beat the Tide. Now, with two wins standing in the way of another BCS title apperance, Nick Saban has his team focused only on Auburn.
It would have been bad for Alabama to lose defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and his recruiting ties to neighboring Georgia. It could have been worse for him to end up at archrival Auburn.
The state of Alabama is known for football. Between the University of Alabama and Auburn University, the state has won the last three national championships and produced two of the last three Heisman-trophy winners.
2013 DT Dee Liner grew up an Auburn fan but is considering Alabama.