Treasured readers know that I think Nick Saban looks like Rick Perry. Or vice versa. (Tim Tebow doesn’t look like Rick Perry, just to clear that up.)
I can’t make any of the other GOP candidates look like Les Miles, however. I can see a little Newt Gingrich in him, and maybe a little Jon Huntsman. Perhaps just the tiniest scintilla of Mitt Romney. But definitely no Rick Santorum or Ron Paul. (Michelle Bachmann was never in the running – just can’t see her in a gnarly old football coach.)
So, in honor of a night on which we have the Allstate BCS Championship Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and even more Allstate commercials than usual, but absolutely NO Republican debates, herewith a gallery of coaches and candidates. Choose yer poison. Lay your bets. Will Saban/Perry tag Miles and the Tigers back, with the narrow win the oddsquad expects? Or will Les, with a regiment of other GOP candidates perched on his shoulder, make it 2-0 on the Tide this year, sinking the Perry look-alike once again?
One thing we definitely predict: defense will rule. The Honey Badger (Tyrann Mathieu) will make big plays. The offenses mostly won’t. Let the wild rumpus begin.