One thing’s certain: Tide, Horns will be ready to play on Thursday

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — While it doesn’t formally say so in the name, Thursday’s “BCS National Championship Game” is most definitely a bowl game. Alabama and Texas both spent part of the day Saturday at Disneyland (Colt McCoy’s favorite ride was the Tower of Terror) and will both visit Rose Bowl staple Lawry’s in the coming days.
Nick Saban and Mack Brown both held their arrival press conferences at Disneyland. If you’re familiar with their personalities, you can probably guess which one was happier to be there.
“Is this fun?” Saban replied to that very question from a reporter. “You know, what’s fun for me is practice. I really enjoy practice.”
Said Brown: “We want them to enjoy Disneyland. It’s one of the most wonderful places in the world for entertainment, and this is one of the rewards they get for winning, to be in the last game of the year.”
You couldn’t ask for two more diametrically opposite coaches on the sidelines Thursday night. Each has been wildly successful — both have won BCS championships, both have won 25 games over the past two seasons — but achieved that success with drastically different approaches.
Saban views anything that takes place outside the film room or the practice field as “clutter.” He’s here on a business trip.

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