NCAA Football Week 4: Senator Saban?

Following Bo Pelini’s “stance” on Nebraska fans going public, many Husker fans have been clamoring for the return of the legend, Tom Osborne. Here in D.C., Coach Osborne has the special distinction of being the only one-time major college coach to also serve in Congress—the three-time national champion was a three-term Congressman out of Nebraska during the 2000s.

That got us thinking: could any current national champion head coach follow in Osborne’s footsteps and head to Washington*?

*BCS Era only (1998-present)

Let’s break it down.

Bob Stoops (2000, Oklahoma)

Pro: Strong name recognition.

Con: Boring strategist.

Verdict: Stick to sports.

Larry Coker (2001, Miami)

Pro: Would be a promotion over his current job.

Con: Not good at his job.

Verdict: Could fill a temporary opening.

Nick Saban (2003, LSU; 2009, 2011, 2012, Alabama)

Pro: Already the most popular man in Alabama.

Con: Failed in the big leagues once before.

Verdict: The next Junior Senator from Alabama.

Mack Brown (2005, Texas)

Pro: Likely to have immediate availability.

Con: His natural voting base has soured on him.

Verdict: More of an Agriculture Under-Secretary.

Urban Meyer (2006, 2008, Florida)

Pro: An expert in politician speak.

Con: Has many skeletons in his closet.

Verdict: A great fit for K Street.

Les Miles (2007, LSU)

Pro: Oozes charisma, he is a man of the people.
Con: Might be too eccentric for Washington.
Verdict: He has my vote.

Bar to Spend 11 Hours of Your Saturday

Rhino Bar. Home of Ohio State and Penn State alums, this Georgetown establishment has sold more than 25 million chicken wings to hungry sports fans since 2000. And on game days, fans can enjoy 25 cent wings and $10 domestic pitchers.


Three Must See Games

Michigan State vs. Notre Dame (22)

NBC, 3:30 p.m.

Notre Dame needed a late rally to avoid back-to-back losses on Saturday. That’s a shame. Notre Dame’s glorious fall from the national championship picture remains on hold. Michigan State enters the week just one vote outside of the top 25, and looking to jump into the rankings with a road upset of the Irish, but, unfortunately, they won’t get it done.


Arizona State (23) vs. Stanford (5)

FOX, 7 p.m.

The lone matchup of top 25 teams and even that is with an asterisk following Arizona State’s “win” over Wisconsin. Local boy Kevin Hogan is off to a great start in his first full season under center for Stanford. He has too much competition to win the Heisman this season, but look for the Gonzaga product to be a favorite heading into 2014. Stanford wins.


Auburn (NR) vs. LSU (6)

ESPN, 7:45 p.m.

If you can’t tell yet, there are not a lot of great games this weekend, but hey, both of these teams won a recent national championship…that’s got to count for something. LSU actually has competent QB play for once this year, and Auburn has a competent coach! LSU still has the edge in talent, and won’t lose at night in Death Valley.

Season Prediction Record: 5-4.


Games to Watch Just Because It’s College Football

UNC vs. Georgia Tech ESPN, 12 noon
Purdue vs. Wisconsin ABC, 3:30 p.m.
Tennessee vs. Florida CBS, 3:30 p.m.


Specialty Drink of the Week

Bud Light. This weekend’s slate is slightly underwhelming, so wash the weekend down with a slightly underwhelming beer. Besides, you were going to have one anyways.

Alumni Chapter of the Week

The DC Aggies. It’s been a good year for Aggie fans all over, and the ones in Washington don’t disappoint. Each year the club gives out substantial scholarships to area students to help offset out-of-state tuition costs, competes in numerous intramural sports around town, and hosts a series of networking events downtown (including one tonight with alum Rep. Bill Flores).

GIF of the Week

Courtesy of SBNation.

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