What Makes the Series a Rivalry: Proximity. Only 108 miles separate the two schools. Frequency. The two teams have met 92 times. Competitive balance. The average margin of victory was +0.7 points in Auburn's favor. It wasn't until Tech's program was in the dumps of the 80's did Auburn really start to dominate Tech on the field. Tradition. Tech fans love tradition and Auburn is a traditional rival of Tech's.
Personal Rivalry: I never really had a problem with Auburn until 2008 because we had so soundly dominated them in 2003 and 2005. Keep in mind I was a toddler when we played them in the 80's. I started working with a NC State grad coworker who was also an Auburn fan. I heard about Cadillac, Ronnie Brown, Pat Dye, Jason Campbell, Pat Nix, Bo Jackson, etc. on a daily basis. All he heard from me was "17-3" and "23-14". Fuel really got thrown on the fire when he chose to incessantly text me during Tech's debacle of a 2010 season while Auburn paid for a national title.
What are your thoughts on Auburn? When did you feel the rivalry between Tech and Auburn?