Nick Saban may not be bigger than God in Alabama, but he has more fans on Facebook.
The all-powerful football coach edged out the all-powerful deity to claim the top spot in a ranking of Facebook fan page membership in the state. The omnipotent one — God, not Saban — did manage to finish ahead of Starbucks, Rick and Bubba and Chick-fil-A.
The Fan Page Analytics ranking is part of an independent, automated analysis of fan pages on the popular social networking site. Created by a Boulder, Colo., computer programmer, the new system ranks fan page popularity by city, state and country and shows how Facebook users connect with people around the world.
The programmer behind the analysis, Pete Warden, said Friday that the concept of “fanning,” or joining what amount to online fan clubs, is just more common in sports than in faith, “so I’m not too surprised that coaches beat out God.”