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Rivalry heats up for Iron Bowl


You may already be tiring of the leftover turkey, and there is certainly no shortage of football to watch this holiday weekend. But lots of local college football fanatics are just warming up their appetites. Will Kennedy takes a look at why so many are so hungry for this weekend's big games.

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is all about three things -food, shopping and of course football. We've taken care of the heavy eating. Black Friday - the shopping deals are getting done. Tomorrow is all about the big games.

Whether you "Roll Tide" or "War Eagle" this weekend is all about the "Iron Bowl." Houses are divided, friendships tested and all on this annual battle for the state of Alabama.

"I think Alabama is going to Roll Tide all over auburn. Maybe about a 15 point game," said Alabama fan Josh Morrison.

Austin pierce/auburn fan "Auburn is going to whoop them," said Auburn fan Austin Pierce.

The Iron Bowl and the Florida State-Florida Throwdown is adding a little extra 'umph' to all that holiday shopping. It's easy to please the fans on your Christmas list with all kinds of college gear and there's plenty to be found as we countdown to kickoff.

But what makes these rivalries so special? Why is there so much pride and passion wrapped up in a football game?

"You really get the sense of the rivalry. It's just a great rivalry," said Kevin Stott. "It's exciting. It kind of brings people together."

And we always want to remember the reason for the season. So no matter if your team wins if loses try to be nice to your neigbor or at least as nice as you can be.

Tickets are still available for the Iron Bowl but they're not cheap.

While the game is officially a sellout, almost 1,100 Iron Bowl tickets are available on the Stubhub website. Prices generally range from around $300 a seat to about $1,000 a seat depending on the location in Jordan-Hare Stadium. The stadium seats 87,000 people.