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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 football is the key that will unlock the door to the pantheon of college football. We have identified seven dynasties that have ruled the sport in the modern era.

To read the rest of Ivan Maisel's story on dynasties, click here.