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The achievements of both teams—current-day Alabama and mid-90s Nebraska—are remarkable examples of sustained excellence in a setting where it is very difficult to stay on top of the world. Picking one as better than the other should not in any way diminish the accomplishment of either team.
And it should be remembered that Alabama’s run may not be over. If the Crimson Tide win the final BCS championship in 2014, the debate over which dynasty was greater will be truly settled.
But based on the evidence at hand, it’s hard not to give the nod to the mid-90s Nebraska teams. Playing a schedule at least roughly equivalent to each other, Nebraska had three perfect seasons, lost three fewer games and produced a season in 1995 which could be argued to be the most dominant single-season performance in the history of college football.
So while Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide dynasty strides atop the world of college football at the moment, that dynasty has not dethroned the accomplishments of Tom Osborne’s 1994-97 Cornhusker dynasty. At least not yet.
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