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Dynasties of college football

Updated: December 24, 2012, 9:39 AM ET
ESPN.com staff

Introduction

Alabama is attempting to do what no program has done in the BCS era: win a third national championship and cross the threshold to become a dynasty. It has been 15 years since a program -- Nebraska -- last did so.

And now Nick Saban has brought the Crimson Tide to the precipice of matching the Cornhuskers. Alabama, with a defeat of Notre Dame in the BCS title game, would become the first team to win a third national title since the BCS began in 1999.

That third crystal ...

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