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I have been thinking about the college football dynasties throughout history ie.
Alabama ('61, '64-65) and again ('73, '78-79) and of course (09,11,12)
Nebraska ('94, '95, '97)
The U ('83, '87, 89', '91)
Notre Dame ('43, '46-47, '49)
Oklahoma ('50, '55-56)
USC ('28,'31,'32) ('72,'74,'78)
For the purposes of this conversation we can disregard the University of Minnesota run just for arguments sake.
But the one accomplishment that has never been accomplished is the most epic accomplishment in all college football history, the epic three pete.
IF, we were able to come out with 4 national championships in 5 years, and 3 national championships in a row, would that accomplishment go down as the greatest feat in the history of College Football?
And IF Saban pulls it off, how do we rank him among current and past College Football coaches in the ranking of all time greats.
And I am using if as a conditional statement and not as question of whether we can accomplish the feat.
"That's the way it goes. But don't forget, it goes the other way too."
Alabama and Coach Saban would be in uncharted waters. No team or no coach has ever succeeded in pulling this off. Imo both Coach and team would be the greatest of all time.
Why would we not recognize what Minnisota did?
This. I don't understand why you are just leaving them off.
"Touch that thang four" - Courtney Upshaw
Minnesota went 8-0, 8-0 and 7-1 in those 3 years and didnt play in a bowl. Its really hard to give any team credit in that time period when they didnt even beat 10 teams or play in a bowl.
I didn't realize they didn't play in any bowls. That makes more sense to leave them off now. Without a reason to leave them off, it sounded to much like barners discrediting our titles from that era.
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
I wish I'd thought of Pete Best (although I wonder how many people would have recognized his face).
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