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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: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:22 pm

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@BamaChil:   Ooh, you poor, sad Bama loyal.  What's the matter, hon?  The thought of Sir Newton coming to town got you shaking in your boots?  Don't worry, they'll allow you a field goal.

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:18 pm

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Ooh, you poor, sad Bama loyal.  What's the matter, hon?  The thought of Sir Newton coming to town got you shaking in your boots?  Don't worry, they'll allow you a field goal.

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:07 pm

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Ooh, you poor, sad Bama loyal.  What's the matter, hon...the thought of Cam coming to town have you shaking in your boots?  Don't worry, he'll allow you a field goal.

Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:02 pm

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I was actually thinking about this on Saturday.  We'll see if Newton can finish the season in the same dominating fashion that he's displayed so far.  But if I had to choose between the two, without a doubt Newton is playing better than Tebow ever did.  This is not a "career award" discussion either, but simply whether Newton is a better quarterback than Timmy was during any of his time at UF.  And please spare me the 2 MNC argument.  Tebow was nothing more than a utility player on the 2006 team. 

How good was Tebow without Harvin?  Not very.  Newton is a dynamic playmaker that doesn't need to dump the ball off to truly gifted players to put up big stats. 

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2010 12:50 pm

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There is no doubt that Tebow accomplished more than Newton, but that is not the question.  Plus, as a starter, Tebow won one NC and one conference championship, not two.  Tebow had other qualities that put him over the top, but as a football player, Newton is definitely something special.  Tebow was not near the runner that Newton is, but over time, Tebow became a pretty good passer as the college level.  Newton has shown the ability to pass pretty well when he has to, but he does not often have to.  This question should probably be raised after the season, but through a similar amount of games started, Newton has been every bit as good as Tebow was.  Tebow won his Heisman his first year as a starter, and his team ended up losing four games.  Newton will not lose four games this year, but may very well win the Heisman and a NC. 

Since: Feb 6, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2010 12:50 pm

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I dont recall him asking: "Will Cam Newton accomplish more than Tim Tebow?" All that he asked was: "Is Cam Newton BETTER than Tim Tebow" He's broken the SEC single season rushing yards by a qb record with FOUR games left... What conference did Tim Tebow play in again? I can't quite remember... It isn't out of question to ask if hes a better college quarterback than Tim Tebow...

Also I am not trying to say that Newton is better at all, Tim Tebow accomplished more than any other college quarterback, that says a lot. My only point is it also says a lot about the teams he played on...

Terry Bradshaw won something like 4 superbowl rings, and  yes you do hear him mentioned in conversations regarding the all-time great qb's but i have NEVER heard him mentioned with the "Greatest" quarterbacks of all-time(Montana, Marino, Brady, Manning, Elway, Favre-who i dont think is that great, i  have a ton of respect for his game and desire along with his willingness to play through pain I just think he makes too many critical mistakes in key situations)

Anyway I'm getting off topic, my point is that it is certainly possible for a less accomplished player to be better than a more accomplished player... Ever hear of Barry Sanders? Dan Marino? GREAT "losers".

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 12:48 pm

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At worst, Newton is on par with Tim "THE MOST OVER-RATED PLAYER EVER" Tebow. Not that is matters much because Tebow was no better than the eigth best QB in the country at any point during his career at Florida. Losing Tebow is not the reason Florida has struggled, the reason they have struggled is because all the players that made Tebow look competant are gone. End of discussion.

Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2010 12:26 pm

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No, Cam Newton is NOT better than Tim Tebow.  Cam Newton is clearly a great player and is having a great year.  But only AFTER he has won TWO SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS, TWO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, and a HEISMAN TROPHY will I possibly consider he is better than Tim Tebow.  Keep in mind, IF he does all that, he will have only EQUALLED Tim be deemed better than Tim Tebow is a tall order.  Let's not flippantly grant such an honor on a kid who's certainly having a great year, but one who hasn't even yet won the SEC WEST Division Title!  By the way...I thought the Heisman belonged to Denard Robinson anyway.  All you journalists had given it to him after he had a couple of great games, but now it's all Cam Newton, all the time.  Nice consistency.

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