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TitanTiger

"Auburn only beats us when we're down"

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I've frequently heard from bammers, particularly during the 6-game Auburn winning streak, that "Auburn only beats us when we're down" or some similar tripe. Just some facts to set the records straight.

Let's look at the last almost 4 decades (1980-2017). In that time Auburn has won 19 in the series and Bama has won 19.

Auburn's victories breakdown like this:

6 series wins over 10-win (or more) Bama teams (31.6%)

3 series wins over 9-win Bama teams (15.8%)

3 series wins over 8-win Bama teams (15.8%)

14 wins over Bama teams with winning records (73.7%)

4 wins over Bama teams with losing records (21.1%)

AVERAGE RECORD OF BAMA TEAMS AUBURN BEAT: 7.7 wins, 4.3 losses

Alabama's victories breakdown like this:

0 series wins over 10-win (or more) Auburn teams

2 series wins over 9-win Auburn teams (10.5%)

8 series wins over 8-win Auburn teams (42.1%)

11 series wins over Auburn teams with winning records (57.9%)

6 wins over Auburn teams with losing records (31.6%)

AVERAGE RECORD OF AUBURN TEAMS BAMA BEAT: 6.6 wins, 5.1 losses

We're 6-10 in that time against the best Bama teams of the era, you're 0-9 against the best Auburn teams. Over 62% percent of our wins in the era came over Bama teams with 8 wins or more. Only 52% of yours come over 8-win or more Auburn teams (80% of those were just 8 win teams. Almost 74% of our wins in the era came over Bama teams with winning records while only 58% of yours came against AU teams with winning records.

And as of 2017's Iron Bowl, your best coach ever is 0-7 against Auburn teams with 9 wins or more.  0-4 while at Bama.

If anyone takes advantage of the other team being down in this series, it's Bama.

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