Colossal college football programs Alabama and Michigan have combined for 1,709 wins and 25 national titles but seldom tangle on the field.
When they do, it's usually at some big bowl game - not starting the season on Sept. 1.
The second-ranked Crimson Tide and No. 8 Wolverines are gearing up for their opener Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium with an address that fits the iconic history of these programs: One Legends Way.
Alabama receiver Kevin Norwood knows it well. He has a picture of the stadium on his phone.
''I've been looking at that stadium for like months now,'' Norwood said Monday.
That both these teams open the season in the Top 10 is, in some ways, just a nice bonus in this rare meeting of storied programs.
For all their outsized history, Michigan and Alabama have only met three times, all in January bowl games and two won by the Wolverines. The total margin: Michigan 77, Alabama 75 with the last meeting being the Wolverines' 35-34 overtime win in the Orange Bowl on...