Growing up in the state of Alabama, I am no stranger to the Iron Bowl. However, even if I had been born in Idaho I would likely have at least some understanding of this game.
No state loves their college football like the state of Alabama. As a result, this game almost always has national relevance. For the third straight season, the national championship participants will be decided by the outcome of this game.
If you ask 100 people to list their Top 20 Iron Bowl memories. Outside of a handful of games, you are liable to hear lists that very greatly.
This rivalry is about more than football. It brings back memories made with family, the jubilee of a win or the unbelievable heartache that came from a football game.
The Iron Bowl brings out both the best and the worst of who we are. But it always leaves a lasting memory.