Auburn beats South Carolina in an instant classic

I can’t believe that I’m writing this, but here is the last Fearless Friday Forecast for the 2010 regular season:

1. Auburn vs. South Carolina (SEC championship): I didn’t think the SEC championship game could ever get better than the last two between Florida and Alabama. In both cases the winner knew it would be in the BCS championship game. But this game is just as big because of some additional storylines:

**–The controversy surrounding Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, which has subsided just a little with a controversial ruling by the NCAA that he is eligible.

**–Auburn having a shot to play for its first national championship since 1957 and perhaps getting payback for 2004, when the Tigers went 13-0 and didn’t a chance to play for the crystal football.

**–Auburn having a chance to give the SEC its fifth straight national championship.

To those good story lines you add the return of Steve Spurrier–The Head Ball Coach–to the game for the first time in 10 years. He won it six times as a Florida Gator and now has the Gamecocks in Atlanta for the first time ever.

If Spurrier wins he would have seven SEC championships and would be second on the all-time list only to Alabama’s Bear Bryant.

This is great stuff. The game? If South Carolina can run the ball a little bit, then this will be a nail-biter until the very end. And there is something special about this Auburn team, which has rallied from double-digit deficits four times this season to win. The Tigers won’t fall behind by double digits but it will fall behind and then rally in the fourth quarter. The final, in an instant classic: Auburn 35, South Carolina 31.

2. Virginia Tech vs. Florida State (ACC championship, Charlotte): If Virginia Tech (10-2) had not stumbled out of the gate at 0-2 with close losses to Boise State (33-30) and James Madison (21-16) the Hokies would be in the national championship discussion right now. But now Virginia Tech has won 10 straight games and will be trying to win its fourth ACC championship in seven years of membership. Florida State (9-3) made huge strides under first-year coach Jimbo Fisher, who replaced the legend, Bobby Bowden. I like the Hokies in a close game. Virginia Tech 28, Florida State 24.

3. Oklahoma vs. Nebraska (Big 12 championship, Arlington, Tex.): It’s kind of fitting that Nebraska’s last game as a member of the Big 12 should be against Oklahoma. For so long these old rivals played “The” game in the old Big Eight. And when the Big 12 conference was formed the yearly battle went away. The game features two old friends as coaches–Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops and Nebraska’s Bo Pelini. They both grew up in Youngstown, Ohio and played at Cardinal Mooney High School. I’m going with Oklahoma because the Sooners have the hot quarterback. Landry Jones has thrown for 1,853 yards and 17 touchdowns in his last five games. Oklahoma 27, Nebraska 21.

4. Oregon at Oregon State (The Civil War): It’s very simple for No. 2 Oregon. Go to Corvallis and win and the Ducks have a date with somebody for the BCS national championship on Jan. 10. The Ducks missed a big bullet on Nov. 13 when they won at California 15-13. The rest of their opponents could not keep up with a fast-break offense that leads the nation in scoring (50.45 points per game). This game will be close for a half because of the emotion involved. But the Ducks wear you down with a relentless pace. Oregon 42, Oregon State 21.

5. Connecticut at South Florida: Randy Edsall, a former assistant coach at Georgia Tech, did one of the best coaching jobs ever in 2009 when he held his team together after the death of popular player Jasper Howard. That Connecticut team won its last four games, including a victory over South Carolina in a bowl game. This season the Huskies started 3-4 overall and 0-2 in the Big East. If they can win at South Florida (7-4) on Saturday, Connecticut will go to the first BCS Bowl (Fiesta) in school history. USF is coached by Skip Holtz, who was the head coach at UConn from 1994-98. The Bulls are coming off a 23-20 upset of Miami last week. Connecticut 21, USF 20.

348 comments Add your comment

Mark Richt

December 3rd, 2010
1:27 pm

since 2008:

GT 26-16
UGA 24-14

GT 1 conference championship, 1 BCS bowl
UGA zero conference championships, zero BCS bowls

…a season is more than one game, guess I don’t run this state after all. My team has a losing record against Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama and LSU over the past 15-20 games played against each. We’re a second tier team and tech will probably win another conference championship and BCS bowl bid before we do. Hope my new boss behaves himself over the holiday’s.

Paul Johnson

December 3rd, 2010
1:28 pm

Actually Mark, we’re 26-13.

HAH!!

Marcus Dupree

December 3rd, 2010
1:29 pm

Trooper Taylor called my uncle after watching my espn story, next thing you know I’m winning big at Mr. McGregors dog track and Mr. Lowder is giving me a brand new atm card.

----------------------------------->

December 3rd, 2010
1:30 pm

“Newton, Auburn steal game from The Ol Ball Coach”

NCAA has a cover story

December 3rd, 2010
1:41 pm

Mark Emmert has shown his hand and now we know how the NCAA will cover it’s collective tail in the continuing Cam Newton soup opera: by closing a loophole that is self created by the ruling they just made, when, in fact, they could have brought clarity to the rule simply by ruling Cam Newton ineligible for the actions of someone who by every definition has to deemed as acting on his behalf… and now will be in future (after Cam plays for BCS title and wins the Heisman). My only question is, will this be called the “Cam Newton Rule” or the “Cecil Newton Rule”?

Marcus Dupree

December 3rd, 2010
1:44 pm

My only question is, will this be called the “Cam Newton Rule” or the “Cecil Newton Rule”?

Uh oh, does this mean I have to give back my atm card?

Bo Knows

December 3rd, 2010
1:47 pm

You will not have to give it back but you will have to turn it over to Rev. Fairley.

T3

December 3rd, 2010
1:50 pm

To the Cam “laptop” Newton idiot above…
math and marketing must be a HUGE challenge for ya:

Read S-L-O-W-L-Y so you canfigure this one out.

Which team…FSU or VT…CAN or WOULD sell more tix,
and bring more fans to the Orange Bowl ??

Here’s a hint: Its FSU.

Miami is 900+ miles from Backsburg, VA.
Maimi is 450+ miles from Tallahassee, Fl.

Oh, and let me help with a very little known secret:

There are HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of FSU fans living in Florida.

So, lets R-E-P-E-A-T the question for the “slower” students here:

Which team does the Orange Bowl REALLY want?

Re-read the above in case you need extra help.

Marcus Dupree

December 3rd, 2010
1:51 pm

You know I had a Rev. mess me up, took all my money from my USFL days. I know there’s no way the NCAA would allow this to still happen, right?

Bo Knows

December 3rd, 2010
1:56 pm

Enter your comments here

Bo Knows

December 3rd, 2010
1:58 pm

Now that Sen, Rangel is taking over as preident od the NCAA, you should never have to worry about anything like that happening to you again, Marcus. Tell Uncle Curly i said hello.

Scott

December 3rd, 2010
2:00 pm

You know, the SEC is really disappointing me here. Everyone and their mother knows Auburn is dirty, especially the SEC officials. Sweeping the mess under the rug just to stall the inevitable for the sake of profit from two major games is beyond the pale.

Marcus Dupree

December 3rd, 2010
2:00 pm

Bo that’s crazy how you and Trooper both know my uncle Curly! What a small world!

Sen. T. Osborne

December 3rd, 2010
2:05 pm

i have worked hand in hand with the afore mentioned distinguished Senator and i will personally vouch for his integrity…..He is not a crook.

BAMA dude

December 3rd, 2010
2:10 pm

KR

December 3rd, 2010
1:02 pm
Bama dude, your assertion that Auburn will be 6-6 next year is based on nothing more than your all-consuming hatred of Auburn. I really wasn’t expecting an real answer from you, I just wanted to see how you’d spin it to be pro-Alabama.

BTW, didn’t Terrence Cody come to Alabama from the juco ranks?

1- No, my assertion that Aubie will be 6-6 is based on the schedule and returning talent. Here’s how I expect them to get there:

4-0 against Ole Miss and three patsies at home
1-4 at UGA, Clemson, Arky, LSU, and USCe
1-2 vs. Florida, Bama, Missy State at home

They Cam, Fairley, four starting OL, Bynes, and 19 other seniors. They could do as well as 8-4 or as poorly as 5-7 imo, but I look for 6-6.

2- Yes, Cody did. He was a very good player but not a Heisman Trophy candidate like Cam and we had other players around him on D so he didn’t stand out like Fairley. He also wasn’t involved in cheating scandals like Cam and Fairley. Basically, Aubie loses at least four or five without those two guys this year even with the senior leadership.

BAMA dude

December 3rd, 2010
2:11 pm

should say they lose Cam, Fairley, etc.

JPTigers

December 3rd, 2010
2:16 pm

Wrong again Scott they may know that Rogers & Cecil Newton are “dirty” but so far not 1 shred of evidence has been produced to incriminate AUat all. Nothing is being “swept under the rug”. If they had dirt on AU believe me they would have found it by now. Coming so soon after the Reggie Bush/USC debacle they would love to try to make an example of an SEC team but the evidence simply isn’t there tying Auburn to this whatsoever.

Dunwoody Dan

December 3rd, 2010
2:17 pm

I wouldn’t discount the Frogs. Better yet, go ahead as they play better with a chip on their shoulders.

Beast from the East

December 3rd, 2010
2:20 pm

Pulling for SOS to win his seventh and South Carolina to win their first, but I’m afraid Auburn will somehow pull this one out.

BAMA dude

December 3rd, 2010
2:20 pm

In fact, just looked at the SEC schedules for next season. Aubie’s October looks like this next year with no off week (cause they always save that for Bama).

10/1 at South Carolina
10/8 at Arkansas
10/15 vs. Florida
10/22 at LSU
10/29 vs. Ole Miss

Good. Luck.

JPTigers

December 3rd, 2010
2:30 pm

What the NCAA is trying to prevent with this ruling is the”cry wolf” scenario. Now every time a prospect spurns your school and signs with a rival team there will be hundreds of “Kenny Rogers or John Bond’s” out there looking to discredit that prospect. For example: An AU recruiter is recruiting Player X. Player X is down to AU and Bama, then he chooses the Tide. Then the recruiter runs to the NCAA with “allegations” that X or a member of his family tried to solicit money from him b/c he felt he broke his promise and signed with the Tide. That would open the door to all kinds of false allegations flying every which way and recruiting wars will get MIGHTY UGLY. Anyone who knows the NCAA knows they may be greedy but lenient they are not. They will use the hammer if they have proof believe that.

CFB Prognosticator

December 3rd, 2010
2:33 pm

Only old-timers like myself and Tony understand what the NCAA did this week. That’s because when we grew up, neighborhood kids played games out in their yards. We played “Red Rover”, “Simon Says” and “Foxes and Hounds”. The game that the NCAA is playing is called “Kick the Can”.

CFB Prognosticator

December 3rd, 2010
2:36 pm

@JPTigers

Right… Kenny Rogers and John Bond just made all of this crap up because Cecil decided that Auburn was a better fit for Cam. Sounds about as reasonable as any other excuse that I’ve heard so far. ;-)

CharlotteGator

December 3rd, 2010
2:45 pm

BAMA Dude,

Fair points. Not claiming to be an offensive genius by any stretch of the imagination, but when I said you could guess the play 75% of the time, I did mean more than run or pass. That’s what was infuriating about the Gators. I watched them all year (well except for the 4th quarter against FSU which I admittedly turned off) and by the LSU game was able to do that. I’ll save you the script, but I promise by personnel, down, and formation you could pick out the play and/or the route. It was really sad. And with the other 25% unfortunately they weren’t the explosive plays you describe, but bubble screens, swing passes or options with John Brantley. Yet another point of contention with Gator fans.

As far as comparing them to the 08 Gators, I don’t think that’s apples to apples. Compare them to 2009 and I think you’re point stands. People knew what was coming last year and just couldn’t stop it. 2007 and 2008 in my opinion were legit offenses that could beat you a bunch of different ways and actually kept defenses off balance with play calling. Consequently 09 is when Addazio took over which is why he takes heat from Gator Nation. He effectively took a ferrari and drove it like a minivan.

5IML

December 3rd, 2010
2:45 pm

BAMA Dude,

You didn’t have to do that to KR. Where is your compassion?

JPTigers

December 3rd, 2010
2:49 pm

Did I say they made it up? You either didn’t even read my entire post or you’re like ESPN & all these other hacks. You cherry pick part of what I say and try to use it against me , in the process taking what I said entirely out of context. Did Cecil even receive any cash at all? I don’t know and neither do you, and we probably never will. My point is that AU boosters either hid their tracks so well nobody will ever find it: Or there was never any money exchanged at all because either Rogers or Cecil got cold feet and called the whole deal off! The bottom line IS WE DON’T KNOW! CAM NEVER SIGNED WITH MSU! SO THEREFORE THE SCHEME WAS NEVER ENACTED!! CORRECT??

Danny Ford

December 3rd, 2010
2:49 pm

I am announcing here and now that i would like to see the NCAA officially removed from all intercollegiate activities. Henceforth, develop a new organization to govern all collegiate athletic events that will be made up of those who have a background in college athletics but most importantly INDIVIDUALS OF UNDENIABLE CHARACTER. I would like to cordially invite Pat Dye and Barry Switzer to assist me in this endeavor with along with Rick Nueheisel.

BAMA dude

December 3rd, 2010
2:50 pm

And with the other 25% unfortunately they weren’t the explosive plays you describe, but bubble screens, swing passes or options with John Brantley. Yet another point of contention with Gator fans.

I’m with you on Brantley. No question that it’s coaching malpractice to have a guy running a play that is ill-suited to his ability. But the bubble screens and screen passes are designed to get the ball on the edge quickly but also roll the DBs up so you can throw it over them. Guarantee you they have some version of a “rocket pass” in the repertoire where the blocking receiver feints his block then takes off on a streak route.

BAMA dude

December 3rd, 2010
2:51 pm

5IML

December 3rd, 2010
2:45 pm
BAMA Dude,

You didn’t have to do that to KR. Where is your compassion?

I got spooked by the cops and tossed it out the window.

GT

December 3rd, 2010
2:56 pm

Did USC have to forfeit the national title in 2004 or was it just on Bush. The Associated Press has said that it will still recognize USC as 2004 National Champion. I imagine both USC and Bush are very happy campers. Bush played on the Super Bowl winners last year, his MIA status this year is a big part of the Falcon’s success. You got a kid that talented, not as talented as Newton but talented it is very hard to dictate he does not exist.

War Cash Eagle

December 3rd, 2010
2:57 pm

Will Cecil be looking for a share of the take auburn brings home from Atl for the SEC title game? He wants his fair share—remember: it’s not going to be free anymore.

CFB Prognosticator

December 3rd, 2010
2:58 pm

JPTigers,

What the NCAA is trying to prevent with this ruling is the loss of revenue that could occur if Cam Newton is not allowed to play for Auburn for the next 5 weeks.

Maybe a better name for their game would be “Kick the Cam”. They’re intention is to damp this story down as much as possible until all of the checks clear the bank.

CFB Prognosticator

December 3rd, 2010
3:01 pm

Good thing they aren’t using Colonial Bank, huh?

Heady

December 3rd, 2010
3:02 pm

Auburn wins because Nick Fairley said so.

5IML

December 3rd, 2010
3:07 pm

BAMA Dude,

What a coincidence! Once, in college, I stole some else’s compassion, spray-painted it another color, and put my name on it before throwing it out a window?

5IML

December 3rd, 2010
3:08 pm

Any fan lamenting the playing of his/her favorite team should read this article:

http://www.rollbamaroll.com/2010/11/8/1801140/so-you-think-our-play-calling-sucks

Marcus Dupree

December 3rd, 2010
3:09 pm

What Colonial Bank is gone? Where do I use my atm card?

Yellow Fellow

December 3rd, 2010
3:10 pm

CFB Prognosticator- Colonial Bank would be willing to cover any loses as long as the NCAA will take Colonial bank debit cards and poker chips.

CFB Prognosticator

December 3rd, 2010
3:11 pm

Marcus Dupree,

I’m afraid you can’t use it at VictoryLand anymore either. ;-)

Marcus Dupree

December 3rd, 2010
3:11 pm

Would the NCAA take dog track voucher’s?

BAMA dude

December 3rd, 2010
3:12 pm

5IML, those boys have it going on at that site.

SST

December 3rd, 2010
3:14 pm

Auburn will win on bad calls made by the refs, just you watch.

Marcus Dupree

December 3rd, 2010
3:17 pm

I have been driving from Philly, MS to the ATL and all points in between and still cannot find one Colonial Bank open, wonder if they will let me have an online account?

JPTigers

December 3rd, 2010
3:17 pm

Like I said the NCAA may be greedy hypocrites, but if they thought there was any smoke behind the fire at AU they would have reccomended we sit him. They have never been kind to us in the past( They have penalized us 7 times) why would they start now? They are itching to find dirt in the SEC i know this firsthand believe it. Why do u think they were “looking at UF Gators about the time they won 2 straight NC’s. Everyone hates the team on top & to u old-timer I would say knock us off & quit crying wolf on your SEC brethren!!! WDE!!!

MikeP

December 3rd, 2010
3:19 pm

By 51ML: “…receives or agrees to receive, directly or indirectly, any aid or assistance beyond or in addition to that …”
There’s your problem, 51 ML. In order to “agree to receive” an offer has to be made. Since MSU made no offer, there was no agreement to receive. Even Cecil Newton can’t agree to receive something that wasn’t offered to him

And Joey, up there a bit, says “Pat Dye was forced to dissociate himself from Auburn….” Wrong. Pat Dye has maintained an office and has been employed by Auburn University, without any sort of break, since he resigned from the position of head Football Coach in 1992. Note the ‘resigned” part. Dye was not forced to stop coaching Auburn, he quit coaching and assumed the position of adviser by mutual agreement..

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much bad information about something in my entire life. Here’s a recent quote for you:

Auburn linebacker Josh Bynes to a reporter Wednesday: “If we told you the truth you wouldn’t print it. The truth doesn’t sell.”
On this Cam Newton case, I’ll twist the words of Winston Churchill a bit : “Never have so many been duped by so few.” Three writers with possibly non-existent sources are at the bottom of this pile of garbage. It got their websites a bunch of hits, but the truth is not in them.

Atlanta Gator 3IML

December 3rd, 2010
3:20 pm

Predictions from a sentimental fool —-

1. It was once said of Steve Spurrier that if he were blindfolded, bound and facing a firing squad, he would be a favorite to escape. Auburn has a great offense led by Cam Newton. Kid can throw and tuck it and run. Spurrier has finally coached Steven Garcia to not make obvious mistakes and not try win games by himself. Lattimore will be a legitimate Heisman contender next year. This game should turn on the ability of these two defenses to adapt to the opposing offenses, but this game has already been played this year. The history of same-season rematches is not a good one for the underdog. My heart says pick the Evil Genius, but my head tells me Tigers 35-24.

2. Virginia Tech vs. Florida State? Virginia Tech 28-21. The Seminoles peaked emotionally last week. After suffering two strange upsets to start the 2010 season, the Hokies have score no fewer than 28 points per game during their 10-game winning streak.

3. Nebraska over Oklahoma, 31-28, on the playing-over-their-heads strength of their Cornhuskers’ anger. If the BIG XII refs call another game like they did against Texas A&M, there will be a riot on the field, in the stands and on the street.

4. Oregon vs Oregon State? Ducks vs. Beavers? I love those fearsome water creature nicknames. LOL My money is on the fighting Waterfowl, 35-17.

5. In a battle of the not-so-traditional powers, Connecticut vs. South Florida? No money on this game because I haven’t followed these two teams all season and I don’t have a clue, but U Conn seems to have the Big Mo for my wild-a** guess. Huskies by 7.

Good luck to you and the teams for whom you cheer, and may the best teams win. (They usually do.)

General Van Fleet

December 3rd, 2010
3:24 pm

Brig. Gen. Neyland—-

Quit stealing Atlanta Gator’s trademark lines. That’s an order. My four stars outrank your measly one.

CFB Prognosticator

December 3rd, 2010
3:24 pm

@JPTigers

The NCAA reported violations to Auburn on Monday. Auburn declared Cam Newton ineligible on Tuesday.

So far… So good.

The can kicking started when the NCAA reinstated Cam Newton on Wednesday (in record time) with no indication of any disciplinary measure or restitution on the part of the suspended player. The investigation is ongoing, but I don’t expect to hear any new revelations from the NCAA prior to January 11, 2011.

BAMA dude

December 3rd, 2010
3:25 pm

Three writers with possibly non-existent sources are at the bottom of this pile of garbage. It got their websites a bunch of hits, but the truth is not in them.…MikeP

Kills me how Auburn folks want to trash the media. The facts of the case as reported were proven true! Cecil and Kenny conspired to shop Cam. That actually happened- it wasn’t made up by anybody. The Newtons got off (so far) by claiming Cam didn’t know. Since there is no evidence to the contrary the NCAA did the right thing because his not knowing is possible. I, and most other reasonable people, don’t believe it for a second. This is why you have the backlash.

Vito Corleone

December 3rd, 2010
3:26 pm

Lawyers, FBI….You’r right. There is nothing illegal going here.