Alabama Crimson Tide-Oklahoma Sooners Football: Through the Looking Glass

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Alabama Crimson Tide-Oklahoma Sooners Football: Through the Looking Glass
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Oklahoma and Alabama have been mainstays on the college football landscape for as long as most fans can remember.

When making a short list of the best programs in the country in terms of history, tradition and success on the field, these two teams definitely make the cut.

They boast passionate fans and state of the art facilities.

They both have produced their share of iconic figures, such as Alabama's own Joe Namath.

Broadway Joe led the Tide to to the NC in 1964 and then the 1969 New York Jets to victory in Super Bowl III, after he called his shot and delivered against the Colts.

Oklahoma can counter with Brian Bosworth.

The Boz is the only two-time winner of the Butkus Award and the man who wore a t-shirt on the sidelines of the 1987 Orange Bowl sporting the anti-NCAA slogan of "National Communists Against Athletes." He wisely decided to enter the draft soon after.

The Crimson Tide regularly sells out the 102K seat Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, which ranks as the seventh largest non-racing facility in the world.

Oklahoma has a huge waiting list of fans eager to snatch up season tickets and game day passes for each game hosted at their own 82K capacity Memorial Stadium, the 14th largest stadium in America.

These heavyweights are among the most successful programs in college football history, with the stats and hardware to back them up.

Though separated from each other by half a continent, these two Crimson giants have more in common than a shared color scheme. In fact, outside of their respective conferences, these teams resemble each other in more ways than they do any other program.

Fans of these programs need not look in a mirror to see a reflection of the excellence these teams embody.

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