It was inevitable after Bama crushed Notre Dame and clinched their 3rd National Title in 4 years that the “Who was better?” arguments would start rolling in between Husker fans and the Tide faithful.
Grant Wistrom and Christian Peter vs. Barrett Jones and the rest of that behemoth offensive line. The Dont’a Hightower/Mark Barron-led defense against the maestro of the option Tommie Frazier. Tom Osborne matching wits with Nick Saban, for reals this time.
These are match-ups we’ll never see but what we can do though is take a look at both dynasties by the numbers.
Win/Loss record during title run:
Nebraska 4-year record: 49-2
Alabama 4-year record: 49-5
Undefeated Seasons during title run:
Nebraska – 3
Alabama – 1
Performance in National Title Games:
24-17 vs. #3 Miami in the Orange Bowl
62-24 vs. #2 Florida in the Fiesta Bowl
44-17 vs. #3 Tennessee in the Orange Bowl
37-21 vs. #2 Texas
21-0 vs. #1 LSU
42-14 vs. #1 Notre Dame
Losses during 4-year span:
@ #17 Arizona State 0-19
vs Texas 27-37 in Big 12 Championship
@ #19 South Carolina 21-35
@ #10 LSU 21-24
#2 Auburn 27-28
#1 LSU 6-9 OT
#15 Texas A&M 24-29
AP ranking in non-championship season:
Conference championships during title run:
After looking at all this you tell me who was better. Of course this argument could become all for not if Saban’s bunch continues to win championships in the next few years. Can Saban fight his urge to get back in the NFL to continue his dominance in the collegiate ranks though?