The most important bowl of all time was the first.
Until the 1926 Rose Bowl, most of the country accepted the national sportswriters' views that only Northern and Western schools had teams worthy of being considered champions.
Alabama press writers were relentless, however, in saying that some teams in the South, particularly Alabama, were just as good. They taunted the other teams in other regions to play Alabama by saying they were scared of those "Skinny Southern farm boys."
So finally, following the 1925 season, the Rose Bowl Committee invited Alabama to come play in the biggest postseason game in all of college football.
It was supposed to be a one-time event to shut up the Southern sportswriters and show the nation that there was nothing about Southern football that belonged in the same talk as the Northern and Western powers.
Washington was supposed to maul these "farm boys," and for a while, it looked like they may do just that, but the gritty team from Alabama fought back to defeat the Huskies 20-19.
That game forevermore changed the landscape of college football. It broke the grip that Northern and Western teams had over national championships and put Alabama on the map to stay.
It was Alabama's first national championship and the first of many for head coach Wallace Wade.
Alabama would never look back from this point forward and would never the leave the group of elite teams of all time.
If this was Alpha, who knows where Omega may be, but as long as there are championships and bowl games to be won, Alabama will be among the teams winning them.
(Larry Burton is a syndicated writer whose work appears online and in print. If you'd like to keep up with all his articles, follow him on Twitter and sign up as a fan on his profile page.)