Apparently George Allen isn’t the only Virginia Republican politician who likes posing with a football in his hand.

Looking to capi­tal­ize on the start of pigskin season, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II — a University of Virginia graduate -- will air a statewide television ad for his gubernatorial campaign during Saturday’s much-anticipated game pitting Virginia Tech against defending national champion Alabama. And lest you were unaware, it turns out there are some parallels between politics and football.

“This fall some important battles will play out across Virginia,” Cuccinelli says in the spot, titled “Go Hokies.”

“There’ll be a winner, and a loser. Obviously, I’m talking about college football. Let’s go Hokies. And while I’m a Wahoo, tonight I stand with millions of Virginians in rooting you on. I’m also running for governor, so after the victory I hope you’ll go to my website,, read my jobs and education plan, and join the team. Now enjoy the game. Go Hokies.”

The spot should reach a lot of eyeballs, as Saturday’s game is likely to garner high ratings across the state, and it won’t be cheap to air. Cuccinelli has been consistently beaten in the fundraising department by his Democratic opponent, businessman Terry McAuliffe (D).