No matter how much the public wants them to go away, Alabama simply cannot stop winning National Championships under Nick Saban. After closing out their fifth championship under Saban, Alabama football can only be referred to as a dynasty. Let’s take a look at the greatest dynasties in the history of college football.
Notre Dame 1941 – 1949
During World War II, no school could match the success of the Fighting Irish. They won four National Championships and placed in the AP Top 10 in all nine years. In 1943, they won a ring even though their Heisman-winning quarterback was called to active duty six games into the season.
Miami 1983 – 1992
In 1983, the mustachioed Howard Schnellenberger led The U to a championship win over Nebraska ushering in an era of unmatched attitude on Coral Gables. Even with three coaches over a decade, The U won four titles and finished out of the top ten only once. Two of its quarterbacks took home Heisman trophies.
After his ill-fated two-point try versus Miami in 1983, Tom Osborne was determined to get his elusive championship. His Cornhuskers eventually won three titles in four years under Osborne’s leadership.
Even though the forward pass was not yet legal, Michigan football was THE team at the turn of the century. Coach Fielding Yost went 55-1 and impressively did not allow a point in the 1901 season. Although there were no polls at the time, they are considered the champions in four of these five seasons.
A few teams dominated college football in the 60s and 70s. Bear Bryant’s Alabama team was one of the most dominant. They finished top ten nine straight years and won three titles after Bryant returned to his alma mater.
We’d be remiss not to include this year’s national champions. Five titles in nine seasons is unheard of in today’s game, yet Saban and Alabama have shown no signs of slowing down.