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

jeff

December 3rd, 2010
7:15 am

Dawg stuck in Bham

December 3rd, 2010
7:17 am

1st…it can’t be

Dawg stuck in Bham

December 3rd, 2010
7:18 am

Dangit…second.

AJ Green

December 3rd, 2010
7:19 am

I’m going to catch 20 balls in the Liberty Bowl, then sell my jersey to the highest bidder. Then, I’m going on Jersey Shore.

Dawg stuck in Bham

December 3rd, 2010
7:21 am

Auburn 38 SC 27…Garcia chokes
Va Tech 27 FSU 24
UConn wins…Dawgs revenge USC aweful showing in bowl and beats UConn like a drum in Liberty Bowl

MURPHY

December 3rd, 2010
7:25 am

The Evil Genius :31
Cam and the boys:21

Noles:24
Beamer Ball:17

USF:28
UConn: 26

Dooley the Vol

December 3rd, 2010
7:25 am

Enter your comments here

Hilton Head Island

December 3rd, 2010
7:27 am

`
South Carolina beats Auburn in an instant brawl.

jeff

December 3rd, 2010
7:28 am

South Car. over Auburn – TCU over Oregon in BCS CH.

S GA AU FAN

December 3rd, 2010
7:31 am

Just glad to be here!

WAR EAGLE!

atlnole

December 3rd, 2010
7:32 am

Jimbo brings FSU back to a BCS game in his FIRST season. Go Noles! What a turn around!
Auburn over USC
Oregon over Oregon State
OK over Nebraska

Les Miles

December 3rd, 2010
7:33 am

Decisions, decisions…should Crowton stay as Offensive Coordinator? Or, should our offense continue to squander? What should I do?

sc15

December 3rd, 2010
7:36 am

Hilton Head Island

December 3rd, 2010
7:38 am

SOUTH CAROLINA wins by double digits. . . . 35-21

Dontavius Supremo

December 3rd, 2010
7:38 am

It has been less than a thrilling season…..

It's Obvious

December 3rd, 2010
7:39 am

Eat some more grass Les.

MURPHY

December 3rd, 2010
7:41 am

A little bird is singing down here in Gainesville,FLA -Adazzio out as Offense Coordinator of the Gators.May have accepted the same position at Syracuse

Scott Blair

December 3rd, 2010
7:42 am

((((((((((((((((((((((( OH NO!!!! )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

It's Obvious

December 3rd, 2010
7:44 am

The only thing really makes this SECCG unique (aside from SC’s participation), is the fact that this will be the most lopsided match-up in the history of Conference playoff games. I’ll pull for the GamecLocks, but I’m not really interested in watching this game.

BAMA dude

December 3rd, 2010
7:44 am

UConn at the Fiesta Bowl. Ugh. I’m sure the execs in Glendale are stoked!

3rdN8

December 3rd, 2010
7:50 am

Can’t imagine Malzahn taking the Vandy job. Of course, I can’t imagine any upwardly mobile coach taking the Vandy job.

Ed

December 3rd, 2010
7:51 am

856 comments yesterday. Is that a record?

Toomer's Corner

December 3rd, 2010
7:51 am

The NCAA explained that Apostle Cecil Newton
is just a crooked Preacher looking for money.

It's Obvious

December 3rd, 2010
7:52 am

If next Spring brings about a resumption of the effort to destroy the regional conference system in lieu of a handful of media market based “Super Conferences”, then I’ll have to seriously consider boycotting CFB altogether. This season will go down in history as one of the very worst for collegiate football. At least it’s almost over. Here’s to hoping for a better season next year.

AU77

December 3rd, 2010
7:54 am

Thanks Tony.. Finally someone gives Auburn a little credit.
PAST COMMENTS:

“Georgia in a Big Upset”
“NO Way they beat Alabama”
“The Old Ball Coach in an upset”

“WE ARE STILL HERE”

Hopefully the game will be as promising as it should be. See ya there.

WAR EAGLE

3rdN8

December 3rd, 2010
7:54 am

Ed

I think it must have been. I’m not sure I’ve ever been as tired of one story, as I am this one. I’ve reached the edge here…..if Cecil and son are running a kiddie porn ring, I don’t care….just don’t tell me.

My A$$

December 3rd, 2010
7:56 am

Dont get em started Ed- there were 4 blogs yesterday devoted to $cam and his $henanigans, which the AJC was happy to report over 3000 blog hits. Mission accomplished, AJC .

My A$$

December 3rd, 2010
7:57 am

3rdN8- count me in too.

It's Obvious

December 3rd, 2010
7:59 am

@3rdN8

I hear the military is getting ready to dump the DADT policy. Maybe the NCAA will adopt the policy now that our armed forces are done with it? ;-)

5IML

December 3rd, 2010
8:01 am

Tony works for CBS. This game is on CBS. Those two facts are the only reason this SECCG is “even better” than last year’s game where two undefeated teams, ranked #1 and #2, battled for a guaranteed spot in the national championship game.

If I worked for CBS, I would say the exact same thing.

Atlanta Gator

December 3rd, 2010
8:03 am

Murphy—-

If true, that would be an ideal resolution to a coaching situation that clearly isn’t working. Addazzio moves on to another offensive coordinator position, sparing Urban Meyer from having to make the decision to fire or demote Addazzio, the guy who helped Meyer keep his own job last winter and spring when Meyer was facing his various stress-related health issues.

I wish Steve Addazzio wrong, but he clearly is the wrong guy to be the coordinator for the Gators’ spread offense.

Sandman053

December 3rd, 2010
8:05 am

You think they are setting it up if the Evil Genious wins to lay blame on $cam’s distraction by recent events? hmmmm…..

SimpleDawg

December 3rd, 2010
8:10 am

Scam-son & The Looters will score more than USC East. 52 – 31.
Va Tech has been on quite a roll, but I see Seminole speed winning this game. 31 – 21.
Oklahoma sends Nebraska off with a loss. Pelini’s meltdown takes the fight out of the Huskers. 27 – 10.
Ducks fly in and shave the Beavers. 49 – 17.
SMU and UCF battle for the coveted Conference USA. SMU by a coin flip.
Big Least Conference………snoring sounds..zzzzzzzz.

Scam-Daddy will watch from his suite at the Ritz Carlton. No word yet on who gets bribed.

Atlanta Gator 3IML

December 3rd, 2010
8:13 am

Sandman, that’s Mr. Evil Genius to you.

Mike

December 3rd, 2010
8:13 am

Dawg stuck you’re an idiot.
I think you’re confusing uconn for ucf.
uconn is in the big east. ucf is your likely opponent and is in conf usa.
you ga fans sure are dummies. stay in b’ham. you fit in just fine there. wouldn’t want the state iq to go down anymore.

It's Obvious

December 3rd, 2010
8:16 am

Beamer should schedule 2 practice games before each season starts. VA Tech has to have the worst pre-season preparation in the FBS. Hard to pick a winner in this game — even harder to care.

Sandman053

December 3rd, 2010
8:17 am

lol @ Atlanta Gator….I stand corrected. He DOES deserve the Mr. part.

Some things are more important than money

December 3rd, 2010
8:18 am

. . . . South Carolina wins,

and Texas Christian goes to the National Championship game.

Just Curious

December 3rd, 2010
8:24 am

How many Auburn fans would prefer a clean 9 & 3 record over a tainted 12 & 0?

My guess — not many.

Civil War?

December 3rd, 2010
8:28 am

How are 2 northern left coast teams playing in a ‘Civil War’? Va-WVa, Tenn-Kty., definitely Missouri-Kansas. But, Oregon and Oregon St.??? Is it civil as in dainty?

3rdN8

December 3rd, 2010
8:32 am

Don’t see this ending well.

Watching and reading a lot of recruiting blogs/posts, etc….it seems as if colleges are rapidly becoming the minor leagues for the NFL. Which school you attend is kind of a “so what”. Which school can get you to the next level is what really counts.

Don

December 3rd, 2010
8:33 am

Tony wrong again – College football just took a direct hit with the NCCA ruling on Cam Newton – only people celebrating are the mindless AU fans who would sell grandma to the undertaker for a win at any cost. Mark Emerett lost all credibility and hope for being an effective new president of NCCA. “Lets wait and get the bowl money in the bank boys before we do anything here” instead of stepping up to the plate and doing wnhat was obvious, correct and morally right. Very sad day for College Athletics – just the opposite of what you think would come from Mark Emerett.

CFB Prognosticator

December 3rd, 2010
8:34 am

I predict the Ducks will lick the Beavers up one side and down the other. Just stay clear of the taint. That belongs to Auburn.

Sandman053

December 3rd, 2010
8:35 am

lol @ “licking beavers”

jumbeauxtiger

December 3rd, 2010
8:35 am

Auburn 38 SC 21
VaTech 24 FSU 21
Okla 28 Nebraska 24
Oregon 41 Oregon St 14
USF 20 UConn 17

"Let's get real"

December 3rd, 2010
8:37 am

Let’s get real…this game won’t resemble the the first game earlier. South Carolina has a pathetic secondary. Once Cam picks it apart his legs will finish the job. Auburns defense is much improved. The old ball coach will be scratching his head wondering what just ran over him! I see Auburn putting 40+ on the board, and South Carolina will be lucky to get 20.

David

December 3rd, 2010
8:45 am

South Carolina? I thought they were in the Metro conference? zzzzzzz I’ll be watching uconn vs usf instead

CFB Prognosticator

December 3rd, 2010
8:45 am

Let’s get real…

This game will generate the highest viewership in the history of the SECCG — in the state of South Carolina. Elsewhere… Not so much.

DawginLex

December 3rd, 2010
8:46 am

Auburn probably wins. I hope Sc does. I want Oregon to lose also.

Then who plays for the title??

BCS blows up.

Film at 11

Vinings Dawg

December 3rd, 2010
8:49 am

Don. you are a fool. Where has Auburn been accused of anyhting. The only team where money was involved was Mississippi State. Auburn, Tennessee, and Oklahoma all said that there was nothing unusual in the Newton recruiting. Yes, Auburn are rejoicing that the star player is eligible but Dawg fans did the same when Greene came back. And in that case money was exchanged.

Auburn by 14

FSU by 1

Oklahoma by 10

Who cares on the others.