The University of Alabama has a tradition that is comparable to very few in college football. In Crimson Tide's 118 seasons, they have won 827 games, 27 conference championships and have competed in more bowl games than any other college football program.
Moreover, depending on who you ask, they have won between 10 and 15 national championships.
However, it is the past three BCS National Championships and this amazing five-year run that I will address in this article. Over the past five seasons, the Crimson Tide boast an impressive 61-7 overall record on their way to winning three national championships.
It is one of the top five-year runs in college football, but is it the best? If anyone was to look objectively, over the history of college football, the Nebraska Cornhuskers' run from 1993 to 1997 still remains the top five-year run in the history of college football.
During that time, the Cornhuskers, under head coach Tom Osborne, compiled an overall record of 60-3 while winning three national championship as well. However, it was how they won those three national championships that set them apart from the Crimson Tides run, under head coach Nick Saban, headed into the 2014 season.
Nebraska’s three national championships were all the product of an undefeated season. The Tide, on the other hand, have needed a great deal of chips to fall into place during theirs.
The 2009 National Championship Alabama team was undefeated and undisputed national champions. The 2012 and 2013 versions, however, both loss a home game late in the season but had other non-SEC teams fold under pressure down the stretch to put Alabama back in the BCS Championship Game hunt.
What if Oklahoma State had gotten in over Alabama? What if Ohio State had not been on probation? Would we be talking about this stretch of Alabama football being the best in the history of college football?
With that said, if Alabama can win the BCS National Championship this season, with an undefeated record, it will have put together the greatest five-year stretch in college football. People will forget about the late-season mulligans and the lack of an SEC Championship in 2011.
Instead, people will remember a dynasty that has no peers.
It appears the stars are once again aligning for the Crimson Tide. If they are able to dodge any major injuries, there are only three games on their schedule they have any realistic possibility of losing.
If they are able to defeat Texas A&M and LSU in the regular season, only Georgia or South Carolina remain as obstacles. The Bulldogs have the firepower to be within reach at the end of the game against the Tide, and Steve Spurrier has been the one college coach Nick Saban couldn't crack.
Some would like to add Florida to that list, and there is no doubt that Florida could make it to the SEC Championship Game. However, Alabama would be a nightmare of a matchup for the Gators, and the game would be over before the start of the third quarter.
So the bottom line is this—if Alabama stays healthy, it is three games away from being considered a dynasty without peers. If it loses any of those three games, there will always be room for debate.
This team is focused, and the run of a lifetime could be upon us.