College football needs more of these match-ups

Alabama, ranked 2nd, and 8th-ranked Michigan meet for only the fourth time in their storied histories Saturday and for the first time in the regular season. Jerry’s World seems like the perfect stage for two programs that have loomed so large over the college football landscape for more than a century.

Alabama claims 14 national championships, while Michigan claims 11. Michigan has the most wins in the country with 895, while Alabama has 814. Alabama has played in 59 bowl games — the most nationwide — winning 33 of them, also the highest total. Michigan answers with 41 bowl games of its own. And finally, the Wolverines have won 74 percent of their games, while the Tide checks in at 71 percent.

Nice classic look (Credit: The Art, The Art, The Art)

It’s hard to find a better historical match-up. But the Tide’s and Wolverines’ on-field history only includes the 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl (now Outback Bowl), the 1997 Outback Bowl and the 2000 Orange Bowl. Michigan owns a 2-1 record.

Nick Saban, who served as Michigan State’s head coach from 1995-1998, is 1-3 against his former cross-state rival.

The records, the classic helmets, Alabama’s houndstooth print and Michigan’s block M — it’s all there in Dallas on Saturday night.