The previous four winners of the Iron Bowl -- the annual slugfest between Alabama and Auburn -- have gone on to win the BCS National Championship. And yes, this is a slugfest, both on and off the field. The schools are separated by just 160 miles, and remember, it was a malicious 'Bama fan that poisoned the iconic War Eagle tree.
For college football fans, it doesn't get much better than a tilt like this. Alabama is trying to win its third national title in four years -- and become the first program to do so since Nebraska in the mid '90s -- while Notre Dame has proved that painting gold on your helmets before every game isn't sacrilegious.