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National Notes

Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:55 am
Edited on: October 26, 2010 1:47 pm

All Cam Newton all the time? Seems like it especially with the question of the week that has risen up on various talk shows, Twitter accounts and in my brain:

Is Cam Newton better than Tim Tebow? At this point in time the answer is yes. Cammo is bigger (6-feet-6, 250 pounds), stronger (watch him bulldoze those linebackers) and faster than the Gainesville god known as Tebow. Newton won't approach Tebow's numbers because this might be his one and only season at Auburn.

The irony is that Florida had him and let him get away. Actually, Newton admits he let himself get away. The laptop incident didn't help but Newton was being redshirted and had an ankle injury in his final semester with the Gators. Tebow and John Brantley were ahead of him on the depth chart, making it easier for Newton to transfer.

After becoming the national juco player of the year, Newton found the perfect coach (offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn) with the perfect offense at Auburn. The rest you've watched each Saturday. The latest accomplishment was setting the SEC season rushing record by a quarterback -- with four games left.

"He's the best facilitator of the football as a college quarterback," said Pete Cordelli, a former Notre Dame assistant. "He runs his football team like he's a point guard. It's Showtime on the Plains. Who can you take and put on the other 119 teams  and make them better? Can you imagine him at Oregon or Oklahoma? Imagine if he was at Penn State, we wouldn't be talking about Paterno retiring. Imagine him at Ohio State?"

That's a lot of imagining but only one team has him. 

* The next question is whether Newton will go Prince on us and change his name to a symbol: N - mg = ma

(The equation is deciphered below)

* By the way, don't blame Urban Meyer. He's got enough problems. Critics want the Florida coach to get rid of lawbreakers (you might have heard there have been quite a few), but they want to blame him for letting Cam I Am for "getting away."

* If the top of the polls look unfamiliar, they should. Oregon is No. 1 for the second consecutive week in the AP poll. Other than USC, the last Pac-10 team to be ranked No. 1 in the AP poll was Washington in 1992 (five weeks). No. 2 Boise State is the highest ranked WAC team since BYU won the national championship in 1984.

* Boise rant of the week: At what point do 47-point beatdowns of WAC teams in some way equal a seven-point win over LSU. That's why I think Boise could win the SEC East, Big 12 and Big Ten.

* During this Alabama bye week, Nick Saban visited the Touchdown Club of Memphis. One snarky attendee  gave Nick his props and summed up the season properly -- at least from an Alabama perspective: "Congratulations on winning the BCS national championship last year and producing a Heisman Trophy winner. I know expectations are high in the state of Alabama and people expect another national champion and another Heisman winner. Fortunately, those expectations appear to be in reach. Auburn is No. 1 in the BCS and Cam Newton appears to be the leading candidate for the Heisman."

* What's the antidote for arrogance? Mack Brown is trying to figure that out. According to him, that's what Texas has been playing with for too long. Brown who called out his players after the Iowa State loss and, in the process, might have indicted his own motivation skills.

There is no excuse with bowl-bound Baylor coming in. The Longhorns roster routinely is comprised of the best players in Texas, some of the best in the country. Try to explain, then, how Baylor leads the Big 12 South eight weeks into the season. You can't.

* Sometimes we write too much about the winners, the BCS, bowl games, NCAA reprobates. This space is dedicated to the feel-good stories of late October.

Baylor clinched a bowl berth for the first time in 15 years after that Kansas State win. The season looked encouraging but Bears fans had learned not to assume anything. Quarterback Robert Griffin was coming off a blown-out knee. It lost at TCU by 35 earlier in the season.  Griffin now is arguably the best quarterback in the Big 12.
Western Kentucky broke a nation-leading 26-game losing streak in beating Louisiana-Lafayette. Akron and New Mexico now share the national lead; each have lost eight in a row. Oh, and another warning for the next Vince Lombardi at Minnesota: The Gophers are next with a seven-game losing streak.

Remember when Ron Zook was on the hot seat? Illinois' coach is a respectable 4-3, having beaten Penn State in the process. Its three losses are no disgrace, to Michigan State, Ohio State and Missouri. Those schools have a combined record of 22-1.

No shame either for Iowa State's Paul Rhoads. The Cyclones are now 4-4, chasing a bowl after beating Texas. Their four losses are to Iowa, Kansas State, Utah and Oklahoma. Combined record: 23-5.

Seven games into his second season, Syracuse's Doug Marrone has the Orange at 5-2, in second place in the Big East, a half-game behind Pittsburgh. (Pittsburgh has beaten Syracuse already so it has the tiebreaker)

For only the second time and for first time in six years Baylor and Iowa State won a Big 12 Conference game on the same day. Also for only the second time in Big 12 history, Texas and Oklahoma lost on the same day when coached by Bob Stoops and Mack Brown.

* Why could Cameron Newton nickname himself "N - mg = ma"? That is more or less the mathematical representation of Newton's first law of motion: An object in motion tends to stay in motion. If I were Newton, Cam not Sir Isaac, I'd copyright that sucker.



Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2010 1:42 pm

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CCBowl - let's wait until after the game, then let's both post our trash talking at that time.  For now, I'll not that after having watched Auburn barely survive against Clemson only because Clemson beat themselves, and after having watched Auburn barely survive against Kentucky, and after having watched Auburn against LSU, I think we all know Auburn is beatable and Cam Newton is not superman.  Tebow was called superman, and again, my point is valid - only after Newton matches Tebow's accomplishments will I consider him as good as Tebow.  Even an Auburn fan should have the intellect to grasp that reasoning...maybe.

But regarding Auburn and Newton, let's first see if they can survive Ole Miss and Georgia before we trash talk about the Auburn/Bama game.  Both those teams are well able to expose Auburn, and I wouldn't be surprised if they both beat you.  And in closing, I'll remind you that this year's Iron Bowl won't be in friendly, safe, warm little Jordan Hare.  May I remind you of the 36-0 woodshed beatdown we gave you guys in Bryant Denny in 2008?  As Bear Bryant would say, "Don't talk too much, or too soon" but let's do catch up again after the season is done, shall we?

Since: Nov 28, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:45 pm

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Cam is a better athlete than Tebow but Tebow was a better leader. Neither were better than Vince Young. Neither has gone undefeated (Cam is still in the running). Can not say Cam does not stack up against Tebow because he has not played for 4 years(yes he stole and he would have also been backing up Tebow at at UF if he did not leave so the 4 years would not have happened anyway). If Cam had stayed at florida would all the haters be stating right now that Cam is the man...btw I am not a Auburn fan or Texas fan and hate the SEC....just try to give a honest opinion. 

Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:02 pm

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    Georgia won a National Championship in the 1980's.  How many of you people can name the QB of that team.  Think Think . Yea Buck Belue from Title Town USA  Valdosta, Georgia. Did winning a NC make Buck a great QB. Buck made only one play that sticks out in the mind of UGA & UF fans. The forth down scramble when he found Lindsey Scott, got the ball to him and Lindsey scores and UGA goes on to win the National Championship. Buck didn't have Harvin or the great D that timmy had. Buck did have 1 of the best college running backs in my lifetime yes # 34 Mr Hershel Walker. But you Kool Aide drinkers at UF think winning a NC made timmy the best player ever. I bet Buck was not rated even in the top 50 QB's the year UGA won the NC. Yes Buck was like a Bradshaw, he was a winner. Growing up in Valdosta, Georgia you better be. But i dont even think he would be in the top 200 QB's of the 1980's. But he won a nation crown. This will never get settled. But Newton has skills. Timmy got on a team with a GREAT game breaker Harvin, a GREAT D, a GREAT D Cordinator  ( Gone Now ) A great O line. Which if any of those does Newton have. NONE. Timmy sold jerseys, he motivated players, but on skill and talent - timmy is and NEVER will be in the league with NEWTON. I would pay to see them dressed out on a practice field doing drills and doing the old oklahoma drill. Newton would punish timmy after he beat him on running times, tire times, passing distance. The only thing timmy has on Newton is a state of lovers that have drink to much of that kool aide.

Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2010 9:49 pm

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I have been watching college football for decades. I have NEVER seen one player stand out as Cam Newton has on an otherwise mediocre team, since Roger Staubach. Tebow,  and  more USC players than I can remember, were products of a system with solid players all around. Newton, by himself is a game/team changer...EASILY the best college player I have seen EVER.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2010 7:49 pm

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So says the Bama fan.  Wink

Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2010 5:16 pm

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Better than Tebow? How can anybody in their right mind even suggest that? Since when are Heisman Trophies and National Championships given out in October?

Get it straight - Tebow is one of the best college players of all time. Cam Newton has to keep this up for the rest of this year AND next year to even be put in the same sentence as Tebow.

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2010 4:48 pm

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Of all the comments I've seen this one is the absolute best: Last;y, leadership-  Take away hype and Tebow was a average leader who was too emotional.  He screamed, he jumped, he made statements, but what he couldn't do was lead the Gators to any great wins.  They won an dhe only lost 1 game his senior year, but there was really only one big game that year and they lost it.  It was a down year for tradtitioonal powers and experts no this.  The year he won the heisman, he lost every major game and this is a fact.  Newton on the other hand, has already won every major game and had t do in the last minutes.

This person has amensia about what Tebow did on the field and apparently confused about college football.   You get the Heisman and two national titles and "didn't lead the Gators to any great wins" but can you imagine this scene: The head coach gathers his charges and says this: now you ballbreakers I wan't you to clap when something good happens. And, don't clap too hard. We cannot under any circumstaces have you jumping up and down, showing emotion. Pretend you're playing cricket not football.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2010 2:42 pm

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Whether anyone or anything is better than anyone else is subject to so many variables and so much subjectivity it's like comparing religeons or political philosphies. There are zealots on either side and precious little objectivity anywhere, because it's all beliefs and feelings and spin.

IF Newton goes undefeated and wins the national championship (and they'll need to go undefeated because Auburn will not play in the national championship with a loss at the end of the year) and wins the Heisman and you look at a one year time period then you have to give it to Newton because Tebow never went undefeated and to do that and win an NC and the Heisman in the same year would eclipse any single year accomplishment by Tebow (but not his career accomplishments).

IF you look at career accomplishments, you can only give it to Tebow because he played for 3 years and ended up with a Heisman and two national championships (although he wasn't the starting QB for one, but he did play and contribute to the victories during the season and in the NC game that season). He has also set SEC records for rushing TDs and had a very, very high career passing efficiency rating over three years. You can say Newton's numbers would have been higher, but he has himself to blame for having a limited college career because he got in trouble with the law and that keep him below people less talented then him on the depth chart.

IF you think character matters then you can only give it Tebow. Tebow never had any problems with the law or got arrested. Newton cannot say the same. In fact, his arrest was the beginning of the end of his career at Florida.

IF I had a billion dollars I wouldn't be talking to you people!

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2010 2:40 pm

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HS Laxitve Coach.. Do you come with a sign that says 'Caution, Idiot at work'? Was he holding a clipboard when he scored a TD in the pros last week? And over-hyped? He did get two championship trophies, seems like he lived up to some of it. And oh yea, we all know how it should have been Tim Tebow against the entire OU squad. I've got to hand it to you though, so far, you're batting 1000 on the nonsense. Try watching football sometime, it's fun. Cool

Since: Aug 27, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2010 2:09 pm

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Ummm, let's see.  He just set the all-time Auburn td record for a season after only 8 games.  Also, Cam won a title a JUCO which I know isn't the same but this is only his first year as a D1 starter and he's undefeated.  Know your facts and use your small brain to its fullest potential an MAYBE you'll get it.

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