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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: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2010 5:52 am

National Notes

Is Cam Newton a better runner than Tebow? Yes. But better leader, winner, and passer? No.

Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2010 3:11 am

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Cam is a super player...GOOD as Tebow? Not overall in my view. Cam has got to learn one important thing PATIENCE in the pocket..he runs to quickly before letting the play get set up..SURE  he is making mega yards but has Malzon or Chisck even thought (or perhaps they don't wish to think) what would happen if Cam got hurt?  Cam  has won some tough games but his toughest games are yet ahead with Georgia and Bama and he might can beat them but he will take some serious hits as those two teams always play Auburn the most physical of any.... That said it is exciting to watch him and I am not a Tiger fan... if he would get more patience it would also make him more viaible to the NFL they don't want a running QB in the NFL they get hurt to easy ...not going to pay a player (anyone) $20 million signing and say $7 mill a year if he has a chance to get injured that easy, a player winds up on the bench drawing all that money it is far more business in the NFL than colligate football.. He does deserve at this point the be the front runner for the Heisman in my view...

Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2010 3:03 am


;     THe tale of the tape is the NFL. Timmy will never be anything in the NFL but a clip board holder and get a run maybe 2-3 times a game. Newton will not be drafted as high as timmy. He will not sell as many jerseys as timmy. But he has the body, speed, and talent to play in the NFL. It might be tight end. But he is big enough, fast enough, and strong enough to play it. No Newton hasnt won a Nc and i dont think he will. But would timmy have won any without having a top 1 or 2 defense in the nation EVERY year he was there. Does Newton have the likes of Percy Harvin ( Who i say beat OU by himself ) Newton has some fair players but none like timmy had. Then we talk about numbers. Timmy was left in games where the gators were up by 50 points to pad numbers. I dont know what you people in gator land drink. But if he was the best player ever to play college football, he could play in the NFL. Yes he is on a team. But the team is going in the tank and the town want the coaches head for wasting the pick on timmy. The coach will not make it past this year mainly because of that wasted draft pick. Timmy is not and NEVER will be a NFL qb. So what guage do you compare the two. Its not wins. Wins are a team thing. 1 on 1 in practice Newton would run over and around timmy. He is faster and  stronger than timmy.

Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2010 12:31 am

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Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:44 pm

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I get it. Pleople love to bash Tim Tebow. Bash away.

Newton is a solid starting QB. Good to see him develop into a good player.

Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2010 9:43 pm

Teblow can't carry Cam's jockstrap

Kim Tebow was surrounded by great talent during his Gator days, look at what his ex teammates are doing in the pros.  He was a leader, I'll give him that, however he was also the most overhyped college football player in the history of the game.  He was a minor part in the first title game and basically a non-factor.  that was leak's team.  Against OU he wasn't going to win without Percy Harvin exploding in the 2nd half or OU receivers dropping Bradford passes in their hands.  Watch that game again, OU should've been up by 14 at the half and they lost that game more than FL winning.  Anyways, he was a "good college player".  that's all.  No legend.  His arm sucks which explains why he's holding a clipboard and only listed ahead of Brady Quinn b/c he was drafted in the 1st round.  In the NFL you can't hid a bad arm but you clearly can in Meyer's college offense.  Bottom Line - Cam is a better runner and passer than Tebow.  Get over it CBS and Gator fans.   

Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2010 9:08 pm

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Just to mset the record straight- without Tebow and harvin we don't win the first NC- dude, you would know that if you watch any of the Gators games that year. Chris leak was good but thye would have nev er won without those two freshman- just keeping it real for you

Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2010 8:37 pm

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I think the point may be that with a good offensive line and a big quarterback running that type offense, a lot of players would be successful.  Watch tapes of tebow and yo will see that many times no one touched him until after 5 yards  Florida had a great offensive line and Auburns is pretty good too,  After this we may see a lot of 6' 6 250lb quarterbacks.  Also, intersting how Ala. shut downTebow last year Will they be able to do it again against Cam?  Will be fun to find out

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 8:15 pm

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Not buying it until Newton wins 2 national championships and a Heisman

Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2010 8:00 pm

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Auburn's not even going to win the west division this year.  Bama will beat them......AGAIN.  Newton has the POTENTIAL to be a great player but after 8 games you can't even make the comparison to Tebow.  When Cam's career is done then compare.  He's won nothing yet.  He throws for garbage whether you auburn fans like it or not.  Alabama will stack the line against him and force him to throw and expose him a little bit.  I wish the kid the best because I think he is a good kid who messed up a little at florida.  What's going to be funny is when florida wins the next 3 SEC games and they play for the SEC title against Bama and then all this talk about auburn and national championships will go away.  People forget that south carolina and kentucky had them beat.  Their defense is horrible and you won't win a championship on Cam Newton's legs without a defense.  I wish them luck, but it won't happen. 

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