R egardless of the outcome of Monday night's College Football Playoff championship game between No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama, a case can be made that no team in the history of the sport has had a better run than the Crimson Tide under coach Nick Saban. ¶ If Alabama beats the Tigers to win a fourth national title in seven seasons, the argument may be settled. Alabama (13-1) is one victory away from becoming only the third school in college football's poll era, dating to the creation of the Associated Press media poll in 1936, to win four championships in a 10-year span. ¶ "It's incredible," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "Coach Saban, what he's done, I mean, he's one of the greatest coaches that ever coached the game." ¶ Saban also has a BCS title from his time at LSU, giving him four overall. Only former Alabama coach Bear Bryant with six has more. ¶ Clemson, which won the 1981 national championship, will try to become the first FBS team to finish 15-0. Under Swinney, the Tigers have won at least 10 games each of the past five seasons, just like Alabama. "We want to be a program that is competing at this level on a consistent basis and I think to do that, you've got to be a top-10, top-15 type program year in and year out," Swinney said. Associated Press