Alabama is playing for history against Irish

When Alabama takes on Notre Dame in the Discover BCS National Championship, more than just a national title will be on the line. A shot at real history is there for the Crimson Tide, as they try to become the first back-to-back consensus national champion in college football since Nebraska in 1994-95, as well as the first school to win three national titles in the BCS era.

Alabama is moving into dynasty territory, and a win over the Fighting Irish would officially earn this team that distinction. The senior class has won 48 games over the past four seasons. A win down in Miami would break the SEC record Alabama shares with Florida (2006-09) and tie the NCAA record of 49 shared by Nebraska (1994-97) and Boise State (2006-09).

To read more of Mark Schlabach's story on Alabama's chase for a dynasty, click here.