Can Cam Newton break Pat Sullivan’s record against LSU?

 

Five burning questions as we head into the weekend:

1. Can Cameron Newton break Pat Sullivan’s 40-year record? In 1970, the year before he won the Heisman Trophy, Pat Sullivan ran for nine touchdowns and threw for 17 more to set the Auburn record for touchdowns responsible for a season at 26. Sullivan set the record in 11 games. With two touchdowns Saturday against No. 6 LSU, Newton will set a new  record in only eight games. Newton, who leads the SEC in rushing, will try to do it against one of the best defenses in college football. LSU is No. 1 in the SEC and sixth nationally in rushing defense at 83.57 yards per game. Newton leads the SEC in rushing and is 11th nationally at 122.86 ypg.

2. Can Joshua Nesbitt break Woodrow Dantzler’s rushing record for QBs ? Dantzler set the ACC’s career record for rushing by a quarterback when he posted 2,761 yards from 1998-2001. Dantzler’s offensive coordinator, by the way, was Rich Rodriguez,  now the head coach at Michigan. Nesbitt only needs 45 rushing yards at Clemson on Saturday to break  that record. Clemson is No. 4 in the ACC in rushing defense, giving up 143.33 yards per game.

3.  Can Georgia take this show on the road and win? The Bulldogs have had a couple of feel-good weeks at home against two bad teams (Tennessee, Vanderbilt). There is talk that the Bulldogs are back in the SEC East race and, mathematically, they are. There are more positive signs coming out of the Bulldog camp, to be sure. But we’ll find out if there has been real improvement in the next two weeks. Georgia goes to Kentucky on Saturday and faces a team that had  an emotional win over South Carolina last week. The Wildcats have offensive weapons and their quarterback, Mike Hartline, is playing the best football of his career right now. If it wasn’t for the performance of Auburn’s Newton, Kentucky’s Randall Cobb would be the MVP of the SEC. This will be a stern test for the Bulldogs. Win it, and Bulldog Nation will have some hope going to Jacksonville next week.

4. Is Alabama ready to make a run? Yes, if they’ll get the ball to No. 22. At No. 8, the Crimson Tide was the highest rated one-loss team in the first BCS Standings.  They play two of the teams ranked ahead of them in No. 4 Auburn and No. 6 LSU. Alabama also plays No. 24 Mississippi State on Nov. 13 in Tuscaloosa. Alabama plays at Tennessee on Saturday, takes a week off, and then begins that stretch drive. Alabama became the most dominant team in college football last year because running back Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, was getting the rock. It’s time to go back to basics.

 Ingram had 24 carries and dominated the fourth quarter when Alabama rallied to win at Arkansas on Sept. 25. Since then he has had 12 carries aganst Florida, 11 against South Carolina, and 15 against Ole Miss. I know you’re saving the Big Fella for the stretch run. Well, it’s here. It’s time to let No. 22 carry this team again.

5. Can North Carolina beat Miami for the fourth straight time? North Carolina (4-2, 2-1 ACC) has certainly had a bunch of problems to overcome this season with a pair of NCAA investigations that continue to keep some of its best talent off the field. But here the Tar Heels are, winners of four straight and still in the hunt for the ACC Coastal Division championship. North Carolina goes to Miami (4-2, 2-1) in what is basically an elimination game in the ACC Coastal race. Both teams still have to play Virginia Tech (5-2, 3-0). Miami plays at Georgia Tech on Nov. 13. North Carolina’s lone ACC loss was to Georgia Tech back on Sept. 18. North Carolina is still in this position thanks to the play of senior quarterback T.J. Yates, who has completed 66. 5 percent of his passes for 1,495 yards, 11 touchdowns and only one interception. The bad news for Tar Heel fans is that your best receiver, TE Zack Pianalto (30 catches), will miss the rest of the season with a broken leg. This is a huge football game for both teams.

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289 comments Add your comment

Yes, Yes, no, yes, no...

October 21st, 2010
7:13 am

…this is not rocket science…

Some hope going into J-ville next week...

October 21st, 2010
7:16 am

…some hope for what – that UF may not put 50 on the board but to still lose to the Gators by 30?

Purple Haze

October 21st, 2010
7:27 am

No to all of your questions….

Buck Futt

October 21st, 2010
7:28 am

The bammies will beat the worst Tennessee team in a hundred years by about 40, then declare themselves Universal Champions. Pardon me while I yawn.

Urban Meyer

October 21st, 2010
7:33 am

STFU you Bammer red necks

MURPHY

October 21st, 2010
7:36 am

I hope we play well in Kentucky. Win? Im not sure but I think we can compete with them. Next week-Very scary situation-wounded Urban with an extra week to prepare.

Been saying this all week,and might be way off but I see Oregon in a struggle tonite with UCLA.

MMA is stupid

October 21st, 2010
7:37 am

Ughhh…gators are not putting much on anyone…hopefully dogs win with a solid game. Jax will be tough as usual.

Charlie Bama

October 21st, 2010
7:45 am

I have no confidence my comment will be accepted by the AJC’s curiously underdeveloped online system. Or maybe Tony has just kicked me off permnanently (say it aint so, TB!)

VolunteerNation

October 21st, 2010
7:49 am

I gotta good feelin’ we’re gonna sneak up and surprise Saban and the Tide on Saturday. They are gonna take us lightly and Double D is gonna sneak out of there with his first signature victory signing Rocky Top all the way home!

The Count of MonteFisto

October 21st, 2010
7:49 am

I truly love how Tennessee is dismissed as a ‘bad’ team. Young team, but not a bad team. They will upset either ‘Bama or USC just because one of the two (probably South Carolina since ‘Bama is a rival) won’t take the Vols seriously.

SimpleDawg

October 21st, 2010
7:50 am

So, where’s my effing post I spent 10 minutes typing?

I don’t know why I bother…..

…and I even referred to that school in SE Alabama as Auburn.

I wonder who is at fault for my posts being deleted? Whoever it is….Bite Me.

30-24 Dawgs - We Run This State!

October 21st, 2010
7:54 am

No doubt about it Tony, Randall Cobb is a special player. Even though the Camburglar is the #1 QB in the SEC and AJ Green is the #1 WR in the SEC, the best athlete in the SEC is without a doubt Randall Cobb.

Look for Blair Walsh to kick a game winner for the Dawgs in Lexington.

ATL is TigerTown

October 21st, 2010
7:55 am

I think Auburn wins. ACC…whatever. UAT destroys UT. UGA at KY…could go either way. ACC again?
War Eagle!!

ATL is TigerTown

October 21st, 2010
8:01 am

I’d bite you, but I fear the disease.

MURPHY

October 21st, 2010
8:03 am

Vol Nation,

Agree. Been saying all year Dooley will win one Ut isnt suppose to.Good luck on Sat. By the way you are right UT is young and will be improved next year. Dooley will do a great job for yall.

Corch Wolfson

October 21st, 2010
8:04 am

1. Yes. I thought he was shooting for Tim Tebow’s record. Sullivan was a prototypical QB — not a one-man offense.

2. I guess… Who’s Woodrow Dantzler?

3. This year, if Kentucky can beat South Carolina, then Georgia can beat Kentucky. Why not?

4. Get the guys healthy and the offensive production will return to normal. If the Vols wanted to sneak in under the radar… I suspect they spoiled their chances for that in last year’s game.

5. Sure they can. This is not your Father’s U.

The rest of us

October 21st, 2010
8:10 am

UGA better worry more about Kentucky and less about Florida this week.

bamaguy

October 21st, 2010
8:13 am

Cam Newton won’t just beat Sullivan’s record, he will blow it up before the season is over. It will be interesting to see how he performs against a really good defense. Nobody can stop him completely, but LSU might be able to slow him down.

The jury is still out on my team, we’ll just have to wait and see. It’s not the Alabama is not as good as last year, its just that several SEC teams are much better this year (Auburn, SC, LSU. Arkansas, and now MSU and Kentucky).

I tell all my UGA neighbors that I will jump on the Dawg bandwagon when they go to Jacksonville and beat the Gators. But not until then.

Go Dogs

October 21st, 2010
8:15 am

Go Dogs

October 21st, 2010
8:16 am

MURPHY

October 21st, 2010
8:17 am

The rest of us,

We are without a doubt worried about the Cat’s. They have a better offense than the Gaytors at this point.

bamaguy

October 21st, 2010
8:18 am

One more thing:

I don’t think any team in the top 25 could play an Auburn, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Arkansas, South Carolina, Alabama schedule and win out (Boise and TCU wouldn’t win more than two of those games).

MURPHY

October 21st, 2010
8:19 am

bama guy,

We beat the Gaytors and there wont be any room on the band wagon.

Whaa...

October 21st, 2010
8:22 am

I would hardly call back-to-back wins against UT and Vandy a turnaround. UK is a lot better football team and way more athletic. I think the UGA-UK score will look a lot like the UGA-Vandy score…..just the other way around.

shane

October 21st, 2010
8:23 am

Murphy

Good morning. Heard a guy on the radio yesterday stating that Kentucky actually has the easiest road to Atlanta if, A BIG IF, they can get past UGA saturday. A few things have to happen, but i think they finish out with UT and Vandy. Thought that was interesting.

MURPHY

October 21st, 2010
8:25 am

shane,

The Cats are a good football team.Joker has done I think a better job this year than Brooks would have done. What ever team wins this game is for sure staring down Carolina for the SEC East crown.

Gen Neyland

October 21st, 2010
8:27 am

Good running teams, or teams that impersonate good running teams, have the TB take over in the 4th. Common sense here. Alabama is good at it, and USCe has shown they can too (vs UGA) if Garcia could ever find a way to eliminate his patented Garcia moments. For this reason, should Kentucky keep it neck and neck in Lexington, it’ll be Randall Cobb in the 4th…Chavis’ focus is on Newton. What schemes will Chavis dial up to keep Newton under 1000 total yards has yet to be seen but my guess is, and I’m probably alone here except for jumbeauxtiger, I’m going with LSU to win another ugly. Newton/Auburn has to have one of those days and I’m gonna take a wag it’s this Saturday…and who’s this Nesbitt character..?

MURPHY

October 21st, 2010
8:31 am

Gen,

Im taking AU. If this game was a nite game in Baton Rouge I would say LSU. Im baseing my pick on the LSU offense being so bad.Should be anoter classic. Good luck in Knoxville.I see yall playing Bama tougher than people expect.

shane

October 21st, 2010
8:32 am

Just saw where they play Miss State as well. If they can get past you guys, Not a tough stretch when you consider UGA still has to play Florida and Auburn, and South Carolina still has Arkansas and Florida. Good stuff in the East, as far as competition goes. Going down to the wire with pretty much all teams in the mix.

Jake

October 21st, 2010
8:32 am

Yeah, Newton is the horse pulling the Auburn cart. Cobb is over looked by eyes on Newton. Seems funny how Cobb was taken out from under Fulmers feets, knowing he’s from the Knoxville, Tn. metro area.

Gen Neyland

October 21st, 2010
8:34 am

Aw shucks, MURPHY. You can find a place for bamaguy on the lead of the UGA bandwagon. I’m sure he can Gee-Haw with the best of them mules that pull the UGA bandwagon…Just kidding you there, bamaguy. Just kidding…

reebok

October 21st, 2010
8:34 am

jackets vs tigers and dogs vs cats, both on the road…both should be excellent games…call me a homer, but i like both tech and georgia to win close ones.

MURPHY

October 21st, 2010
8:34 am

shane,

I see Bama inching closer to the BCS after tonite. I think Oregon will struggle with UCLA.

bamaguy

October 21st, 2010
8:35 am

Given this in “third saturday in October” coming up, I forgive you .

shane

October 21st, 2010
8:38 am

We in survive mode right now. Need the Bye week really bad. Think we can recharge the battery and make a run. We’ll see.

Gen Neyland

October 21st, 2010
8:38 am

Jake : Fulmer overlooked his fair share of talent from the state of Tennessee during his years Atop Rocky…

bamaguy

October 21st, 2010
8:39 am

And since this is the third saturday in october coming up, all the talk about LSU being “lucky”, well it takes a little luck. Cody’s big paw being in the right place at the right time when UT attempted the game winning field goal last year would certainly fall into that category. I remember the announcer for Alabama, Eli Gold, saying that if Alabama runs the table and makes it to the National Championship, that is the moment we will all look back on.

MURPHY

October 21st, 2010
8:39 am

We can put Bama Guy on the mule-He will feel right at home lol. Just poking at ya Bama!

MURPHY

October 21st, 2010
8:41 am

Gen,

Fulmer might have missed some talent in Tenn but he made a living on the talent in GA

Gen Neyland

October 21st, 2010
8:42 am

bamaguy : You, sir, are an understanding gentleman. Had offers of tickets to the game but we are keeping a grandchild here at home instead…Priorities happen.

gary

October 21st, 2010
8:48 am

Georgia will struggle this weekend but will win the game only if the do not cough up the ball. No turnovers, Georgia wins. Newton will score two TD’s this weekend and the insane LSU luck train finally comes to an end. Bama runs the table as a one loss team to the SEC to reap revenge on SC. Bama play some looser team in the Sugar Bowl. SEC is left out of the NC. Don’t care at all about the acc.

bamaguy

October 21st, 2010
8:48 am

Murphy: I though that bandwagon was pulled by a team of white English Bulldogs, not Mules (Neyland must be from Columbia, TN the home of the world famous Mule Days if he assumed Mules)

LB

October 21st, 2010
8:48 am

No idea what the outcome of the KY game will be but “IF” UGA can pull out a win the Gator game will be HUGE! On game at a time boys!

shane

October 21st, 2010
8:50 am

If the game tonight was at UCLA I would be much more confident in the Bruin upset. That’s a tough place tp play up there in Eugene. The fans are just right on top of the field. Maybe UCLA will play like they did against Texas and not like they have against K-State, Cal, etc…

DawginLex

October 21st, 2010
8:50 am

Newton may break the record but don’t overlook the Hat. 23-21 aubie
Yabba dabba dabo-’nuff said-GT 35 clempson 31
Who knows? Last team with the ball wins?
Bama wins but UT plays better with fewer TO’s Bama 28-10
2 Coaches looking to get fired for very different reasons. Shannon survives another week Miami 30-UNC 21

Mark in Woodstock

October 21st, 2010
8:50 am

yes, yes, no, no, no

Gen Neyland

October 21st, 2010
8:51 am

MURPHY : Like the ones that came before him, the road to SEC Championships were believed to have come from the other 48 states plus Alabamastan. In part, I can sympathize but it really gnaws on me that those that get away come back to haunt. Why does the OBC come to mind. That nightmare lives on in SO many ways..!

Gen Neyland

October 21st, 2010
8:52 am

bamaguy : Cookeville via Nashville, thank you…

SimpleDawg

October 21st, 2010
8:52 am

Tiger Town, you’re not still upset about Awbarn, are you?

brokebackvol

October 21st, 2010
8:52 am

LOVE THE VOLS, but c’mon…they laid a big egg against the Dawgs. Their big upset chance already happened and they choked on a penalty at LSU. Bama will be wary of another loss, and the VOLS just don’t have the horses this year against good teams playing a normal game. If BAMA chokes on this young UT team, they should be ashamed of themselves. Shouldn’t be close if they run Ingram over and over, tire out Tennessee’s defense. There won’t be a repeat of last year’s close finish.

PS: LSU is about to get run over by an Auburn steamroller. I expect to see plenty of “3rd and Chavis” just like when he was coaching in Knoxville.