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

icedawg

December 4th, 2010
1:03 pm

Here’s a DAWG fan hoping that the Ole Ball Coach pulls this one out. Though he’s made our life miserable over the years, Spurrier is a great coach and has done at SC what many others have not been able to do. Hats off to him!

irish bulldogs

December 4th, 2010
1:24 pm

AUBURN YOU GOT THE BEST PAID PLAYERS IN AMERICA.!!!!!!!!!

A day to commemorate

December 4th, 2010
1:29 pm

Attention, everyone, especially dawgtards. Today is the second anniversary of Saint Jan Kemp’s death. To commemorate her life, we will now observe a moment of silence in memory of Saint Jan, who exposed the shameful practices at UGA that were initiated and carried out by slimeball Vince Dooley. Dooley’s image as a coach and a nice guy were forever shattered during the trial, not to mention the one million dollars that dawgtards had to pay Saint Jan. These practices of recruiting morons and coddling them for four years, them tossing them out like garbage, are still going on, but at least the world knows what’s happening in Athens now.

And now a very reverent moment of silence…
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Thank you, you may resume your normal activities now.

JPTigers

December 4th, 2010
1:32 pm

SEC spokesman Charles Bloom said the league’s rule isn’t applicable unless payment is actually made or agreed upon, not just solicited.

“The facts in this case, as we understand them, are that the student-athlete’s father, without knowledge of the student-athlete, solicited improper payments (which were rejected) from an institution the young man did not attend, and that the institution where the young man is enrolled was not involved,” Bloom told the AP in an e-mail.

LHardingDawg

December 4th, 2010
2:02 pm

Charles Bloom is towing the SEC line. Wrong as it is!

Micahel

December 4th, 2010
2:33 pm

I’m beginning to wonder how much Barnhart was paid to support Auburn whole-heartedly like he is now.
We have gone from the seven circles of Hell tome to oh gee-whiz Auburn deserves it all. “The controversy surrounding Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, which has subsided just a little with a controversial ruling by the NCAA that he is eligible.” Subsided just a little? Are you joking me? The ruling made the controversy worse. Auburn and Cam Newton have a darker cloud over their heads than they ever have before because now, everyone (well except those Auburn fans too Cam-blinded to see) knows that exactly what was runoured to have happened did indeed happen. The truth is there in black and white and all it takes is some common sense to see it. Hard evidence be damned. Cam knows exactly what happened. But, of course, he is not going to tell the truth in order to save his and his father’s butt. In the immortal words of Sgt. Shultz, “I know NOTHING!”

AUin ATL

December 4th, 2010
3:05 pm

I had to stop and see what was going on inside the short bus. More of the same I see. Ok ok I’ll stop.

Chill out guys. Enjoy the game. Personally, I care more about the game of football than the rules and backdoor stuff whether is at AU, USC or gasp, even UGA. If AU paid Newton or the whole team for that matter. Its still 11 on 11 in the field playing by the same rules with the same refs. You still have to run, block and tackle. A player does not get any better or worse if he breaks recruiting rules, nor does it affect the play and coaching of either team.

We can argue til the cows come home on the purity or lack therof in college football (and spare me, its not just AU that doesnt recruit choir boys), at the end of the day we all care because we like college football. I get that rules need to be in place and enforced to try to mantain at least a sense of amateurism. In this case it appears that AU got a pass for one player whom most haven’t even heard of until midseason (no one dreamed that he was heisman material until the USC game, heck he wasnt even named starting QB until the very end).

The NCAA will put out more clarifications and maybe change the wording of some rules. Its not the end of college football as we know it guys. The NCAA will bring the hammer down on AU or any program (SEC or not) is found to have given improper benefits. I know right now we look like death star with cam newton as darth vader in cahoots with the NCAA and SEC, I promise you, AU has been on the receiving end of the NCAA hammer. It will suffer it again if proven guilty. But as of now, AU is not even being investigated. I don’t believe that Newton is a saint by any stretch of the imagination. I do think he is the best player in college football today.

I get the resentment. AU was on the other side of it when SC (w/Bush) won in 2004. When AU went undefeated and got no shot beacuse of the polls. We whined for a long time. AU was13-0, doesn’t happen very often. UGA is 6-6 this year. Whether rules were broken at AU or not nor the NCAA has anything to with that. Stop worrying about AU or NCAA, talk about defense, common opponents, coaching changes, Xs and Os whatever. What happens if AU loses? TCU? thats more fun.

Stop quoting the rules and speculating on conspiracy theories. It’s common sense that the lunatic fringe of the AU fan base will see it one way and the rest of the lunatic fringe another.

Auburn Fans

December 4th, 2010
6:05 pm

Yeah… We cheated,

So what?

Pac Mac

December 4th, 2010
7:10 pm

Coral Sea is the key. Stay focused.

Cecil Newton

December 4th, 2010
7:23 pm

$200,000 ? …… Me and Cam need a raise this is a joke.

UGA VII

December 4th, 2010
7:37 pm

Newton for President.

Richt for his hairdresser.

JPTigers

December 4th, 2010
7:40 pm

All you haters shut your mouth yet? If you haven’t I got some Cammy-cam juice for you lol. So much for the upset special….WAR CAM EAGLE!!!!!

JPTigers

December 4th, 2010
7:48 pm

WHAM BAM THANK U CAM!!! Carried off the field!! That’s what we call a BEATDOWN!! WAR EAGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Snoop Dawg

December 4th, 2010
8:08 pm

As I watched the SEC championship game, I got more and more disgusted. Why?

Because the leadership at the University of Georgia has let the State of Georgia, all its alumni, and its huge fan base down for a long, long time. We UGA fans like to think we are a top tier football school. Wrong. We haven’t really been top tier since Herschel Walker went to the old USFL. The leadership has brought mediocre coaches and staff in here ever since. With such a huge talent pool in Georgia, a blind idiot could win at UGA.

Just ponder for a moment that Mark Richt graded Cam Newton as a tight end. Cam didn’t fit into his “system.” That just about says it all. Richt and his coaching staff are a disgrace, a ripoff to those who pay their bloated salaries. Analyze whether Rodney Garner is really a good recruiter. Does the staff actually assess the talent, or just read who’s supposed to be good with the scouting agencies? I think the latter. How many of our 5-star recruits have really performed? Very few. It is combination of sorry assessment of talent plus sorry coaching once the recruits arrived in Athens.
We are now stuck in the cellar of the SEC until Richt and his entire gang are thrown out of town. Get used to the Music City Bowl, the Liberty Bowl. Florida will continue to have their way with us, as will Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, and probably South Carolina, Arkansas and even Kentucky. We couldn’t even beat lowly Colorado this year. There is absolutely no discipline. We had more arrests than touchdowns this year. The players ran out of gas in the third quarter because they were not disciplined enough to get in shape. They liked to rap and break dance in between plays rather than get focused to win, Soldier Boy…
I am totally disgusted. Totally, totally disguested. What does it take to get Richt moved out?

Joe Bob Thibodaux

December 4th, 2010
8:27 pm

First !

ok, I guess that belongs to Auburn.

Fantastic. Put some whip A.. on the left coast conference now.

SEC WEST RULES !!

War Eagle

JBT

victoria secret

December 4th, 2010
8:28 pm

why aren’t you auburn fans at the game instead of on this blog? I mean it is in Atlanta for God’s sake. Makes me wonder if you even went to college anywhere

Cecil Newton

December 4th, 2010
8:28 pm

Everybody has a price trust me

Still wondering

December 4th, 2010
9:35 pm

So, where was Rev. Cecil tonight? He wasn’t with his wife, but I think he might be the guy with glasses on the Auburn sidelines who keep hugging SCAM when he returned to the sidelines. True or not??? Just like Auburn to rub it into another team’s face. Wait until next year… Think how sad it is going to be that very few other SEC fans will pull for Auburn to win the national championship or SCAM to win the Heisman. Some people thrive on being disliked.

Still wondering

December 4th, 2010
9:38 pm

@ Snoop Dawg
First, I don’t really think you are a true Dawg fan and second, the SEC would have found SCAM ineligible if they knew he played for UGA. I love the Dawgs and don’t think they need what will eventually come from all this stupidity with the Newtons.

bob

December 4th, 2010
10:58 pm

Not much of a classic Tony. Well maybe classic butt whooping.

bob

December 4th, 2010
11:00 pm

Technically, did Auburn alumni go to college?

S GA AU FAN

December 4th, 2010
11:24 pm

War Eagle fly down the field ever to conquer never to yield….

War Eagle!!

Ed (The Original)

December 5th, 2010
12:59 am

Can we put the “Spurrier is back” nonsense to rest?

Playing in the weakest SEC East since the conference expanded (Tennessee, Georgia and Florida combined to lose 17 games), he went 5-4, including beatdown losses to Arkansas and Auburn.

Glad Chizik “hung half a hundred” on Spurrier. On Georgia soil, no less. What comes around goes around. The Ole Ball Coach should have retired back when everyone still thought he was a genius.

Ed (The Original)

December 5th, 2010
1:09 am

JP Tigers, no one called Tebow a thug because he isn’t. A cornball, definitely. A bit of a religious nut, possibly. But not by any stretch of the imagination a thug.

Newton on the other hand is clearly a shady character, I don’t see how even the biggest Auburn fan can deny that. Not sure what race has to do with that. If a white kid stole something, cheated on tests, had multiple traffic citations, and was linked to NCAA violations, I don’t think he would be spared the bloggers’ wrath.

JPTigers

December 5th, 2010
9:08 am

Actually Ed on this blog he probably would if he played for thUGA. Ya’ll seem to conviently “forget” the multiple rap sheets & arrests that have piled up in Athens over thye past few years. Read Snoop’s post he makes some great points about what discipline can mean to a program. What has Cam done AT AUBURN that is “shady? Absolutely NOTHING! If you are telling me race doesn’t have to do with this hatred, you must not live in the south. Wasn’t too long ago when folks said blacks “weren’t smart enough” to play QB! Name 1 black QB that has won the Heisman from the SEC? U can’t b/c Cam is the first. I have PERSONALLY heard some of my friends who are UGA fans call the kid racial slurs, and u say it’s not a factor? PLEASE!!

JPTigers

December 5th, 2010
9:11 am

Cammy-Cam juice….tastes so much better than hater-ade!! LoL WCE

aubie#1

December 5th, 2010
9:12 am

HAHA, some classic!! EIGHT TOUCHDOWNS? I mean come on. Nobody would have gotten close to a performance like that. If Auburn plays half that well against Oregon, they’d beat them soooooooo bad. WAR EAGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

aubie#1

December 5th, 2010
9:17 am

Yeah, i think that Cam should start a business after he’s out of the NFL and sell his concoction. :)

Br'er Rabbit

December 5th, 2010
9:17 am

@JPTigers

Just because Auburn is a backward little redneck bastion of racism doesn’t mean that the rest of the South is. Pull the beam from your own eye before you begin to speculate about splinters in the eyes of others.

S. Colbert

December 5th, 2010
9:20 am

JPTigers,

Careful. I have a patent on my Formula 401©.

aubie#1

December 5th, 2010
9:23 am

@ Br’er rabbit

Umm, excuse me. Alabama is the redneck “bastion” as you call it. What if we don’t have a beam in our eye? lol

Aubies' Denial

December 5th, 2010
9:38 am

snoop dog, richt would’ve never recruited this thug, Scam was too much of a crook for UF, why would we want him. We have enough problems without the good Bishop Newton getting involved. This thing at AU will eventually turn into a big black eye, for AU, for the SEC, and for the BCS. The said part is, the AU players (except for Cam) will have an incredible effort thrown out the window.

aubie#1

December 5th, 2010
9:47 am

A day to commemorate.

haha lmho lol gasp!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOOOOO FUNNY!!!!!

Aubies' Denial

December 5th, 2010
10:00 am

A quick look at other blogs this morning reveals that fans from all over the country, at least fifty other schools, every other conference, all feel that the NCAA gave SCam a kitchen pass. You AU folks condemning UGA fans is a joke. Everyone knows the deal here . . . SEC and NCAA bailing out the title game, at any cost. Cam is awesome. I, a UGA fan, love the UGA AU game, its a great rivalry. I always pull for the SEC champ, period. Until this year. Cheating is cheating and the truth will pull out. Its not just bama or dawg fans, its football fans who know a SCAM when they see one. And those guys that played with him, they will get the worst of this when its all over. Go Ducks!

War Eagle!!!

December 5th, 2010
10:07 am

War Eagle, fly through da hood
Ain’t got no classes, grades still be good
War Eagle, pays more than State
Sign up and don’t be late
Go! Go! Go!
Probation, comin’ again
Hit ‘em late, Hit ‘em late,
Clam up and spin, Hey!
War Eagle, cheat for Auburn,
Stepchild of Dixie Land!

Snake Plissken

December 5th, 2010
10:18 am

“Auburn beats South Carolina in an instant classic”
The first time they met the score was AU 35 – 27
The spread was a mind boggling 5
Auburn squeaks by 56 – 17…truly an “INSTANT CLASSIC”

Really, you thought that this would be a squeaker, that AU would have to come from behind in the 2nd half. If $cam had not been given a free bill of health and actually had something hanging over his head, then yes maybe it would have been tighter. But, he was given the Keys to the City, given the ol’ attaboy, the good to go, whatever. Only a SC die hard homer could have thought that this would have been an Instant Classic, a squeaker, a come from behind victory, but “Mr. College Football” how could you have fallen for such?

LHardingDawg

December 5th, 2010
10:40 am

Mike Slive needs to be fired as soon as possible for failing to uphold the rules of the SEC. End of story.

Cecil

December 5th, 2010
12:14 pm

Do I get a share of the proceeds from the seccg since my son won the game?

irish bulldogs

December 5th, 2010
12:34 pm

AUBURN, YOU NEED 5 MORE SEC TITLES!!!!!!!!

TrishaDishaWarEagle

December 5th, 2010
12:48 pm

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 13-0

yes, Bulldog nation, YOUR 2010 SEC champions, the AUBURN TIGERS!!!!!!!!

On to Glendale!!!!

What a game…the dome was rocking..(as a falcon fan too, we need to do that dec 27th, people!)

To Coach Chizik and the whole team, thank you for a wonderful 13-0 season, and the SEC championship!!!!!!

To haters, who cares about ya!

To Spurrier, CLICK CLACK THAT!!! But thank you for the compliments in post game..you are still my 3rd fav coach..

To the SC fans, you were very nice and I enjoyed meeting several of you in the lot and in the dome…

To Oregon….:) see ya Jan 10th!

Camie cam juice for all !!

Ed (The Original)

December 5th, 2010
1:23 pm

“Actually Ed on this blog he probably would if he played for thUGA. Ya’ll seem to conviently “forget” the multiple rap sheets & arrests that have piled up in Athens over thye past few years.”

You must not have spent much time on this blog if you think that. A lot of Georgia fans, myself included, have expressed our unhappiness with the calibre of athlete that Richt has brought to UGA, even calling for Richt to be fired if he can’t get his players under control.

Taking race and rooting interest out of the equation for a moment, are you really denying that there are serious problems with Cam Newton and his family.

If Cam Newton wasn’t leading Auburn to a dream season, would you let him anywhere near your home? Would you trust him with a family member, or your valuable possessions?

Of course not. But he’s the SEC Champion quarterback and soon-to-be Heisman Trophy winner, and he wears an Auburn uniform! So of course he’s as pure as snow, as long as he’s enrolled in school. What a crock.

Don’t lecture me or anyone else about race, you just sound silly.

Bibble

December 5th, 2010
1:25 pm

Cammy-Cam juice….tastes so much better than hater-ade!!

Do you have any idea how gay you sound…

CreekBoy

December 5th, 2010
1:29 pm

Auburn, 2010 *

Z stokes bulldog

December 5th, 2010
7:34 pm

How was the SEC championship an instant classic? Auburn manhandled SC the entire time.

Cobb Dawg

December 5th, 2010
9:53 pm

All for naught…………..

Chillahill43

December 5th, 2010
10:03 pm

And the dawg doo is still spewed out of both ends of the dog pound nation… Hey GA. Recruit recruit the state and when Richts “Dream team”falls apart what yall gonna whine about… Ill tell ya – the same crap youve beyatched about since your Savior showed up-EVERYTHING!!!

TigerWalk

December 6th, 2010
8:29 am

Ed(The Original)
If Cam Newton wasn’t leading Auburn to a dream season, would you let him anywhere near your home? Would you trust him with a family member, or your valuable possessions?

Of course not. But he’s the SEC Champion quarterback and soon-to-be Heisman Trophy winner, and he wears an Auburn uniform! So of course he’s as pure as snow, as long as he’s enrolled in school. What a crock.

Don’t lecture me or anyone else about race, you just sound silly.

Actually you sound silly saying race is not a factor, then in the next breath saying you would not let a black kid near your home or your possessions. I think you just made proved Tigers right didn’t you?

TigerWalk

December 6th, 2010
8:35 am

Br’er Rabbit

December 5th, 2010
9:17 am
@JPTigers

Just because Auburn is a backward little redneck bastion of racism doesn’t mean that the rest of the South is. Pull the beam from your own eye before you begin to speculate about splinters in the eyes of others.

Now there’s one for the Time Capsule!! The rest of the South isn’t racist? Brother I don’t know what planet you live on! That was truly the dumbest comment I’ve heard in a minute…