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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 3, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2010 7:28 pm

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Dude, Tim Tebow did NOT win TWO National Titles, he was ON A TEAM that won TWO National Titles, and won ONE as a Starter, get it?


Just keeping it real bro.

Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2010 7:17 pm

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He's beaten four teams in the current top 25, twice as many as Wisconsin and four times as many as anybody else. So I guess no player in college football has proven himself.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 6:22 pm

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While I agree Newton is a better runner than anyone else in the country, Tebow had much better passing statistics.  There is really nothing special about 2,046 yards, 20 TDs with 8 INTs (Newton's projected 2010 stats).

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 5:57 pm

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First) Tebow is better than Cam Newton... Newton hasn't proven himself.  Who has he beat?? An extremely overrated LSU team that lucked out of having 2 or 3 losses before facing Auburn? Cam hasn't played anyone.  When I see him lead his team into Alabama and beat them.  Then there can be some comparison... for now? Tebow is better.  Honestly if you were a coach and you could have either Tim Tebow or Cam Newton, you would want Tebow.  No one led a team like Tim Tebow did.  He was their captain in everyway and he energized Florida he didnt care what other people thought no matter what he was 110% effort every play every practice.  Cam Newton hasn't proven anything but Tebow has.

2nd) There is honestly no way Boise State would last through any conference schedule.  If you notice alot of the best teams in the conference dont lose to top teams, sometimes they are upset by lesser teams and that is because of the strength of the conference.  If Boise State had to prepare for a legit team every week, a team that could deal you injuries, a team that tired you out, a team that might not be as talented but just as strong.  It would be hard to win out in the conference.  That is why a team is really special to go undefeated.  A BCS conference schedule (excluding ACC and mayyyybe Big 12) Boise state would lose at least one game probly more.  You look at the Big Ten... imagine having to play Michigan St, Iowa, Ohio State, Wisconsin.... those are solid teams... and then you have northwestern and michigan stuck in the middle that have potential to deliver a blow.  Look at the Pac 10... oregon, usc, oregon st, stanford, arizona.... and then having ucla and washington and cal in the middle.  Theres no way Boise State could make it through these schedules undefeated. 

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 5:36 pm

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Yes Newton is better than Tebow. Tebow was not a great runner. He was big and had good runs, but Newton is a threat to take it to the house everytime he touches the ball. Tebow has an ugly throwing motion. Newton has a much sweeter throwing style

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 4:10 pm

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The question: Is Cam Newton better than Tim Tebow is answer is YES. TT won 1 NCG if I remember correctly Chris Leak was the starter in the first NCG. He won the heisman trophy with 4 losses. Newton has already crushed his single season rushing record within 8 games he is credit with 27td in 8 games. He's also the leader in the Hiesman trophy race and I don't see him slowing down anytime. You really can't compare the two unless you compare TT best season to Cam's season. Tebow had 4 years in his system to Cam's eight games. I believe Cam would actually beat out tim tebow stats when compared.
Bamachill do just that CHILL It's takes a real football fan to give proper credit to a guy who is on the rival team. I game credit to Mark Ingram as the best rb in the nation last season (even though he had a couple of bad games) so it's o.k. to give Cam his credit.
As for he haven't won the SEC west you are correct,but your yet is in the wrong context. It should read He hasn't won the SEC division title game YET! WDE

Since: Jun 23, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2010 3:57 pm

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Why is everybody going on about Tebow winning Championships as a reason why he is better??  Championships are won by a TEAM, not an INDIVIDUAL.  Also, as a starter, Tebow only won 1 NC, 1 SEC Championship and 1 Heisman trophy.  As a starter, Newton and Auburn have a chance to do all 3 of those as well and his could all come in the same year!  When you compare what player is better, you have to remove TEAM accomplishments from the arguement.  So you could say Terry Bradshaw is a better QB than Dan Marino because Bradshaw has 4 Super Bowl rings and Marino has none, or that Kevin Faulk is a better RB than Barry Sanders because Faulk has 3 Super Bowl rings!!!  Doesn't make too much sense now, does it??  Didn't think so.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 2:22 pm

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That's like asking is The Social Network better than Citizen Kane.    Just because something is suddenly popular doesn't mean it can unseat something else with a much stronger body of work and an enduring legacy. 

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 2:04 pm

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no, i cant say that Cam Newton is better than Tim Tebow. He was at Florida the same time Tebow was and he didnt unseat him there, plus, Newton has yet to win the National title, what happens if Newton goes to Alabama, loses and throws 5 interceptions??? IF Newton wins a NC THIS year (he has to) and wins the Heisman then comes back next year and either wins the Heisman or NC or SEC championship and becomes a high pick in the draft, then he's better, as of now, Newton is just a better runner than Tim Tebow. As a passer, Newton hasnt thrown the ball much and we havent seen him as a leader.

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:32 pm

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Newton better than Tebow?  As much as I dislike TT, his body of work destroys Newton's.

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