But those are only recently. Alabama claims 12 national championships, and they had Bear Bryant. Notre Dame claims, ~13 national championships, maybe? And they had Knute Rockne.
Notre Dame's most recent national championship was in 1988, and Alabama's was...um...1992?
The Iron Bowl is the biggest rivalry, in my opinion, because I've seen it, up close and personal, plus the first time that the game was played in Jordan-Hare instead of at Legion Field in Birmingham, BOTH stadiums were sold out. So many Alabama fans wanted to watch the game that they sold out both Jordan-Hare and Bryant-Denny, with the Alabama fans watching the game on the jumbotron. This was about 1987 or 1988, I believe. 150,000 fans watching (sort-of) one college football game.
This was my inspiration for this thread:
"Alabama and Notre Dame, as far as I'm concerned, are the top two football programs in the history of college football. All these other Johnny-come-latelies can't make up the tradition that Alabama and Notre Dame have. That is just the way it is in college football. There are three programs that mean football to me, Notre Dame, Alabama and the Green Bay (Packers). While I am at Mississippi State, I want us to have the same characteristics. I want guys in our program to not only want to win championships, but are dedictated enough to make the sacrifices to win championships just like the kids who come (to Alabama). And it is going to happen."
Sylvester Croom, Head Coach at Mississippi State University.
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