With one more week left in the college football season, only two FBS teams with unblemished records remain. One is the defending national champion -- the closest thing to a dynasty in all of major American sports -- the Alabama Crimson Tide.
The other? The pride of Kalamazoo, the Western Michigan Broncos, who have been rowing their boat, captained by perhaps now the hottest young name in coaching, P.J. Fleck.
Both teams have one more scheduled game this coming weekend. The Broncos take on Ohio in the MAC title game at Ford Field. Bama will face Florida in a rematch of last year's SEC title game, Saturday in Atlanta.
It's assumed that Alabama is inked into the College Football Playoff -- for the third time in its three-year history -- win or lose Saturday. Meanwhile, WMU hasn't garned the requisite respect from the CFP committee to even be the highest ranked Group of Five conference team, which would guarantee them a spot in the Cotton Bowl.
We wouldn't dare compare Alabama and Western Michigan on the football field. But, how do they compare in other categories ...
School founded: Alabama, 1820; Western Michigan, 1903.
Enrollment: Bama, 37,193; WMU, 29,413 in 2014.
City: Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Kalamazoo.
School mascot: Crimson Tide (de facto, elephant); Broncos.
Famous hashtag: #rolltide; #rowtheboat
Head coaches: Nick Saban, 65, 10th year at Alabama, 23rd overall as head coach, $6.9 million salary; P.J. Fleck, 35, fourth year at WMU, $800,000 salary.
Famous alumni: Bama – Mel Allen, Rece Davis, Forrest Gump*, Robert Horry, Antonio McDyess, Jim Nabors; WMU – Tim Allen, Terry Crews, John Saunders, LZ Granderson, Dennis Archer, Luther Vandross, Danny DeKeyser, Dave Dombrowski,
Famous football alumni: Bama -- Joe Namath, Derrick Henry, Mark Ingram, Julio Jones, A’Shawn Robinson, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Marcell Dareus, Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon, Shaun Alexander, Cornelius Bennett, John Hannah, Antonio London, Ozzie Newsome, Derrick Thomas, Bart Starr, Ken Stabler; WMU – Jason Babin, Louis Delmas, Greg Jennings, John Harbaugh, Tony Scheffler.
Home stadium and capacity: Bryant-Denny Stadium, 101, 821; Waldo Stadium, 30,200.
Current winning streak: Bama – 24; WMU – 14.
Football conference championships: Bama – 29 (25 SEC), last in 2015; WMU – three (two MAC), last in 1988.
Football national championships: Bama – 16, last in 2015; WMU – none.
Bowl record: Bama – 37-24-3; WMU – 1-6.
Current College Football Playoff ranking: Bama, No. 1; WMU, No. 21.
Winningest head coach: Bama -- Paul Bryant, 232 from 1958-82; WMU – Bill Spaulding, 62 from 1907-21 and Al Molde, 62 from 1987-96.
Chief rival: Bama – Auburn; WMU – Central Michigan.
Eye popping 2016 football stats: Bama – No. 1 in country in scoring defense (11.4 points per game) and has scored nine touchdowns this season; WMU – Tied for first in turnover margin (plus-18), second in third-down conversions (56.8%) and tied for third in scoring offense (44.8 points per game).
Detroit Free Press