Whether Alabama is able to roll tide and capture their second straight national championship tonight or not, the Crimson Tide under Nick Saban have already established itself as an all-time NCAA dynasty.
With five national championships in the past nine seasons, Alabama already has accomplished something never done since the AP poll era began in 1936.
Should they win another championship against Clemson, the Crimson Tide would be lifted even further into the rarified air of college athletics.
Schools like Notre Dame, USC, Oklahoma, Miami, and Nebraska have all gone on memorable runs, but none of them have equaled the dominance Alabama has had over the NCAA since winning its first title under Saban in 2009.
Despite all the success, Saban is focused on looking forward, not back.
“I’m always looking ahead. I think I’m always sort of focused on the next challenge,” he said this week. “It’s a lot like climbing a mountain; you push a rock up a mountain, but when next year starts, it’s a new mountain, and you’d better be focused on that, and that’s the way we try to approach it with the individuals in our organization as well as our players.”