The Greatness Of NCAA Football: The Old Powers, A Look at Alabama and Penn State

Will NorwoodContributor ISeptember 10, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 17:  Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches during the Alabama spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
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Growing up in West Alabama NCAA football is a part of life. Naturally, growing up just over an hour from Tuscaloosa I am a Crimson Tide fan through and through. My great grandfather actually played for Wallace Wade at Alabama.

Seems like this is the story for many of college football's old powers. I have spoken with fans online and some in person that all agree college football is so much better when the tradition powerhouses are good. That's not to say Boise State, TCU, and the other teams that are upcoming on the scene are not fun to watch, but for example seeing a team like Notre Dame or Alabama compete for the title is so much more exciting. Its a link we have with the generations of our teams fans that came before us.

The upcoming Alabama and Penn State game to me is an incredible. On paper it is the #1 versus the #18 team. That sounds somewhat interesting. Now lets take into account the history of and between these two schools.

Alabama and Penn State have met 13 times in the past with the Crimson Tide leading the series 8-5. The most memorable being the 1979 Sugar Bowl. The National Champions were crowned in that game. This was the legendary "Goal line stand game." Alabama's Barry Krause stuffed Penn State running back Matt Guman on a 4th and inches play on the goal line.

Both are used to playing in front of huge crowds of 100,000+. Will anything legendary happen this Saturday? We can only hope so. Have a great day and Roll Tide!