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Alabama Aiming To Become First Wire-To-Wire No. 1 Team Since 2004 USC

In 2004, USC was ranked No. 1 in the AP Top 25, and never left that spot. This season, Alabama has a chance to become the first wire-to-wire No. 1 team since those Trojans.

The NCAA put out a really cool graphic earlier this evening, showing the crazy movement within the Top 25. The only constant: the Crimson Tide atop the poll.

Alabama started the season as the No. 1 team, and hasn't come particularly close to surrendering that perch. The Crimson Tide is the only unbeaten Power Five program this season, and aside from maybe the Ole Miss and LSU games, it hasn't truly faced real peril. Alabama has won its games by an average 28 points, is a three-touchdown favorite in the SEC Championship against Florida, and an overwhelming favorite to capture its second straight national championship.

The dominance actually looks a lot like what that USC team accomplished. The 2004 Trojans won by an average of 25 points, but even they had four one-possession wins. Alabama has just one this season, the 48-43 win over Ole Miss.

In total, there have only been nine teams in history that have started and finished the year No. 1:

-1951 Tennessee
-1952 Michigan State
-1956 Oklahoma
-1970 Ohio State
-1974 Oklahoma
-1975 Oklahoma
-1993 Florida State
-1999 Florida State
-2004 USC

However, only the '99 Seminoles and and '04 Trojans have spent every single week at No. 1. Based on my research, Alabama would be the third team to accomplish that in college football history.

There are three games left for Alabama to go back to back and make history, but Nick Saban's club has the look of an all-time great through the regular season.