http://espn.go.com/college-football/bowls12/story/_/id/8777438/another-bcs-title-put-alabama-crimson-tide-coach-nick-saban-elite-status-college-football TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama coach Nick Saban spends about as much time pondering his legacy as he does kicking back and watching reality TV or perusing Internet message boards. The bigger picture in Saban's world is the next practice, the next recruiting call, the next game. He's the quintessential live-in-the-moment guy when it comes to his craft. [+] Enlarge Daniel Shirey/USA TODAY SportsNick Saban has given Alabama fans plenty to celebrate during his years as the Crimson Tide's coach. "We don't too often look at the bigger picture around here," Alabama running back Eddie Lacy said with an amused chuckle. That may be, but with Alabama bearing down on what it hopes will be its third national championship in the last four years, Saban's legacy will be the topic du jour in college football if the Crimson Tide take care of business against Notre Dame on Jan. 7 in the Discover BCS National Championship. He's already the only coach in the Associated Press poll era (dating to 1936) to win two national championships at two different schools. And not since Frank Leahy at Notre Dame in 1946, '47 and '49 has a coach won three outright national titles in a four-year span. Simply put, a win in Miami would catapult Saban into rarefied air. "I think it probably tells you that he's as good as anybody there's ever been," said former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, who won two national championships himself and owns the NCAA record for the most wins by an FBS coach. Indeed, it would be Saban's fourth national championship in the past 10 years, going back to his title at LSU in 2003. But then, Saban's not counting. He's too busy doing all the things it takes to win championships. "We show our team a video of Michael Jordan talking about making the game-winning shot," Saban said. "It doesn't matter how many game-winning shots he's made in the past. The only one that matters is the one he's about to take. "That's the whole deal. Can you focus on the next shot? You're so zeroed in on the next shot that you don't have time to think about the other ones. You really don't." It's just the way Saban is wired, and it's become one of the hallmarks of his program at Alabama. "Human nature is to survive and be satisfied with whatever you've been able to accomplish," Saban said. "Even average is good enough for a lot of people." Gene Stallings was the last coach to win a national championship at Alabama before Saban arrived at the Capstone in 2007. Stallings led the Crimson Tide to the 1992 national title, highlighted by a 34-13 drubbing of No. 1 Miami in the Sugar Bowl. PAST DYNASTIES College football dynasties have come about at an average of one per decade. Check out the eight dynasties that college football has seen over the seasons, starting with Minnesota in the 1930s and ending with Nebraska in the 1990s. College Football Dynasties » • Maisel: Entering the pantheon » • Schlabach: Florida State's case » • Maisel: Teams that just missed » • Low: Saban's legacy » • Schlabach: Playing for history » Well aware of the dizzying standard at Alabama, Stallings said Saban has upped the ante on that standard. "I can't imagine anybody who's done a better job than Coach Saban," Stallings said. "He's such an outstanding recruiter, and his players play hard and play smart. It's even more remarkable what he's done when you look at all the juniors he's lost to the pros. Imagine the kind of teams they would have had if all those guys had stayed back and played another year." In the past five years at Alabama, Saban has had eight underclassmen leave early and be selected in the first round of the NFL draft. Four of those players -- Trent Richardson, Marcell Dareus, Julio Jones and Andre Smith -- were top-10 picks. But the talent just keeps flowing in, and Alabama All-American center Barrett Jones said there's a reason there haven't been too many misses under Saban.