Alabama Football: Victory vs. Notre Dame Would Make Crimson Tide Best of BCS Era

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 10:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide stands next to The Coaches' Trophy which signifies the national champion after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game during a press conference on January 10, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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A victory over No. 1 Notre Dame in this year's national championship game would make Alabama the best football team of the BCS era.

The Crimson Tide are attempting to win their third BCS title in four seasons, which would be a remarkable accomplishment given the fact that they have advanced to these championship games from the SEC conference.

Going through the SEC undefeated or with just one loss has been difficult over the last decade because the quality of the conference is so great.

The last six BCS champions have been SEC teams, and the conference is 8-1 all-time in BCS championship games (the only loss was in 2011, when Alabama defeated LSU).

Head coach Nick Saban has done an amazing job of recruiting and coaching during the program's current period of championship success.

All of his Crimson Tide teams that have advanced to the national title game have featured different star players carrying the team to success. Saban has rebuilt his team year after year, and Alabama's success hasn't declined at all despite losing so many great players to the NFL.

If Alabama can end Notre Dame's impressive run to the school's first national championship since 1988, the Crimson Tide would win their third BCS title, which would move them ahead of LSU and Florida for the most ever.

A win would also give Alabama back-to-back BCS titles, which has never been done before. Florida won two BCS championships in a three-year period (Alabama is the only other team to do this), but no school has won back-to-back or three out of four yet.

Alabama can also become the second team, along with the Gators, to be undefeated in BCS championship games among teams with multiple BCS titles.

This year's BCS title game is the Crimson Tide's fourth BCS bowl appearance in the last five years, and the school's third appearance in a BCS championship game, which is the second most in history.

Winning a third BCS title in four years would make Alabama a dynasty and the top team of the BCS era in college football.

It's rare that we see this kind of success for such a long period of time, but Saban has done a legendary job motivating his players despite all the success that they have previously achieved.

The Crimson Tide have an opportunity to become an even bigger part of college football history than they already are with a win over the Fighting Irish on January 7. Alabama would become the best school of the BCS era with another national title game triumph.