These days, the word “dynasty” is tossed about like slippery salmon inside a Seattle fish market, but the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide are on the verge of truly cementing their case as proper representatives of the term. Thanks to their last-second victory over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, the Tide secured a spot in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game against the No. 1 ranked, undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish. And in the process, they secured the chance to become the first team to win back-to-back BCS National Championships and to win three overall in the BCS era. If they can find a way to lift the crystal football on January 7th, they can inarguably engrave their status as a modern-day dynasty.
Other teams have knocked on Dynasty's door in the BCS era, but if Bama can pull off the win they'll be the first to really walk through the entrance. Ohio State played in the big game in consecutive years—2007 and 2008—but they lost both times, and though USC played in three straight, the first was an AP-only title, the second was vacated, and they fell in the third to Texas in the 2006 Rose Bowl. Since the BCS system was implemented in 1998, only LSU, USC, and Florida have won two BCS National Championships, and none were consecutive. If the Tide roll, they'll be peerless.
Alabama (12-1) is set to make their third BCS title game appearance in just four years, having won it all in 2010 against Texas and last year against LSU. And if the Crimson Tide claim their 15th national title en route to becoming the first repeat national champs since Nebraska in 1994-95, the bulk of the credit deserves to go to Coach Nick Saban, who’s building quite a legacy for himself. In the four seasons prior to Saban taking the reins, Alabama was 26-24. And the Tide lost every road game on their way to a 6–7 record just a year before him. Since then, they’re 62-13 overall and 48-6 over the last four seasons, and if you stroll through the Mal Moore Athletic Facility you might be blinded by the gleaming crystal footballs earned during his tenure.
Even without the win, the only mountain Saban has yet to climb is legendary Alabama Coach Paul Bryant’s sensational record of six national titles. But Bryant had 26 years to do so, compared to Saban’s six. It’s undeniable that Saban has turned the program into the game’s premier powerhouse, and a win against Notre Dame simply makes Alabama’s dynastic status undeniable, but it certainly won't be a cakewalk, as there may be a team of destiny waiting for them in Miami.
They haven’t won a National Championship since 1988, and they've spent after years wading in disappointment and relative obscurity, but this season the Fighting Irish (12-0) are playing some of the most inspired football in the country. Much of the praise must be focused on third-year Head Coach Brian Kelly, as he has altered the program's culture and his squad playing lights out. And with an on field leader at linebacker like Heisman Trophy candidate Manti Te’o, there won't be a lack of fight in the Irish come gameday. With quality wins over Michigan St. Michigan, Oklahoma Stanford, and USC already, Notre Dame has shown that they can persevere against anyone.
Over the years Notre Dame and Alabama have met head to head six times, but the last time was back in 1987, before the Irish won their last national title. Overall, the Irish hold a 5-1 record against Alabama, including their one-point, 1973 Sugar Bowl win that gave them the national championship. Interestingly, in that game Bama was No. 1 while ND was No. 2, which has Tide fans hoping for a reversal of fate. We’ve got plenty of 2013 BCS National Championship Game tickets for you to get inside Miami’s Sun Life Stadium as history unfolds live, so claim your seats now to see if Coach Saban and Alabama can make history and become a true dynasty.