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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: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2010 1:56 pm

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And all this freelance coaching analysis for a guy who has played eight games not four years. You must be joking.  

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2010 1:04 pm

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Good as Tebow? Newton isn't as good as Vince Young let alone Tebow.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2010 12:45 pm

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What kind of football genius can you really be if you don't know that Tebow won one title with Leak, and another long after Leak was gone? 

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:54 am

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Another great post-  You guys are flat out bringong it!  I think the world knows Lundquist and others were way over the top with Tebows skills and abilities. All he really was, was a 3rd down FB who could throw dink and donk gimmicky passes.  How can he be great when he lost every time they were down with less than 4 minutes to go and went 3 and out?  Great post man!!!

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:51 am

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Dodd- Have to admit- You struck gold with this column-  You saved your job for another year or twon with this one-  Godd Job and you know I eat your ass up all the time but hats off on this topic!

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:50 am

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This is a heluva post and I totally concur-  Most people outside of hype and Florida felt he should have never won the heisman as well

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:48 am

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Not keeping it real, they would have won without Tebow- maybe not Harvin or the defense but Leak was netter and is better than Tebow.  Leak won the NC as a senior, Tebow couldn't win without Leak- go figure!

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:44 am

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Let me interject rationally:  Cameron Newton, without question is better Tim Tebow.  Let's look at facts.  Tiim Tebow had NFL stars all around him.  Percy Harvn was the best player on the team period.  The Gators defense was solid and their special teams play was, lets say, special.  What Cameron Newton has on his side is not nearly as dominant.  Not many can name a great receiver or RB.  Their defense plays well against the run but terrible against a great passing team.  They have glaring weaknessess.  Now to the players:

#1- Running- Newton Hands down

#2- Passing- Tie with slight edge to Newton as both live off of the dink and onk and hope for playmakers to make plays.  Neither at this point is your pure passer.   Newton gets the edge because he is smarter than Tebow and can read defenses better.  Look at his game mananagement and decision making when leading the team down the field on last minute drives.  Tebow never led the Gators down the field to win a game.  Outside of one game they lost, Tebow had chances to be "great," but he choked.  He never led the Gators to a last minute win and that is a fact.  Cam has done this 7 times this year.  Unheard of.  Comeback Joe is even impressed with how me leads the team when they need a score to win.

#3- Reading coverages, going through progressions- Newton haands down.  90% of Tebow's passes went to his 1st option.  Meaning he just turned and threw.  God thing was, it was a dink and donk system.  The other 20% he ran more than go to his second read.  Newton looks over the defense for every open receiver and runs when they are covered or it is a designed play.  Meyer stated many times that Tim ran when they were not designed runs. 

#4- Come from under center- Newton Hands down-  When a QB can not come from under center it cuts your playbook and offensive ingenuity in half.  It is well documents that Tebow can not come from under center because he can''t take his eyes off the defense.

#5- Making all the throws-  Newton hands down-  Tebow can barely throw a spiral which affects how the receivers catch he ball and the amount of time for the DBs to cover ground.  Most of Tebows passes are 20 yards and under because he can't throw lasers on a consistent basis.  He spread and butter deep ball is down the right sideline.  Throwing left deep is awkard and his passes are always off target.  Newton can make all the throws easy.  When given time, he can eat a secondary up and is very accurate.  His passes are always laser like.  He also has that touch that Tebow never quite got. 

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.

No what, to hell with this, it isn't fair to Tebow.  He wa a media hype for revenue but as a QB- NOT!  Take Percy, Cooper, Rainey and Emps away and you have a Jared Lorenzone.

Wait- One more category- Will Power-  Newton, hands down.  When Florida needed one yard Tebow cried. When Auburn needed over 400 yards Newton went to work!

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2010 10:13 am

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Before this season's over you'll all be mentioning Robert Griffin's name in same breath with Cam Newton.

Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2010 9:40 am

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Lol Is Cam Newton better then Tebow? Thats funny didnt Tebow win some National Championships at Florida.I don't see any Cam has won yet if ever! Cam sure can't throw the ball like Tebow! what records has Cam set at Auburn? Yep none! After Cam finishes his College career then we can compare Tebow and Newton.If I had a choice who I wanted at qb to lead my team it would be Tebow hands down.

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