Alabama and Auburn played in 1907, but did not meet again until 1948. In the last meeting before the hiatus, Hugh Roberts, editor of the Birmingham Age-Herald, described the Alabama team as "the Crimson Tide." Prior to this, they had been known as "Crimson White" or "Thin Red Line." After this, the name gained popularity until it was eventually adopted as the official nickname of the school's athletic teams.
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