Regular readers of this blog know that I have been all over the Cam Newton investigation and other cases involving Auburn University power brokers. I haven’t pulled many punches because I think it’s the biggest story of the year in college football. But you also know that I call it like I see it. Weeks before the season even started, I predicted a big season for Auburn and I am not surprised at all to see them on the threshold of their first legitimate national title.
It is a threshold that they will cross, and they will cross it easily. Oregon has absolutely no chance of beating Auburn on January 10, 2011. The Tigers, led by Cam Newton’s prolific passing and running game, will roast the Ducks, devour them and their young, and then pick their teeth with the bones. Here are the five reasons why I see this being one of the biggest blowouts in BCS title game history.
- Cam Newton. At 6’ 6” and 250 lbs, Newton is as big as Oregon’s biggest defensive lineman. But unlike a lineman, Newton can throw the ball a country mile or simply run over linemen, linebackers and puny cornerbacks. He shredded LSU for 489,506 yards or something. The dude is a freak.
- Auburn’s offensive line. The game of football is won and lost on the line of scrimmage. When your big nasties can knock the slobber out of the other guy’s big nasties, you usually win the game. Oregon’s defensive front will be getting up from the turf looking through their helmet earholes.
- Nick Fairley. This guy has NFL superstardom written into his future. Big. Fast. Mean. Relentless. To quote a famous movie line: “Listen, and understand. That terminator is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.”
- Gus Malzahn is an offensive genius. I know Chip Kelly runs a blindingly fast offense that wears the other team out with a gazillion snaps per game. But Malzahn does too, and his offense is simply one trick play after another. You never know what’s coming, when or where.
- Senior leadership. I’m not saying Oregon doesn’t have this. Just that Auburn has more of it. This is a senior laden team, and most of the upperclassmen have been in big games before. Hell, the whole SEC regular season is one big game after another, and Auburn’s Amen Corner this year was Georgia, Alabama in the Iron Bowl and Carolina in the SEC Title Game.
Oregon has outstanding athletes and it’s an extraordinarily well coached football team. They deserve to be playing Auburn for the crystal trophy, but they really don’t have much hope of winning it. Despite the rest of the country’s overwhelming sense that someone has cheated and will be getting away with it, the best team on the field almost always wins the game, and by far the best team on the field come January 10 will be the Auburn Tigers.
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