Friday, December 3, 2010
SEC Title Preview-Future's Open Wide
Rematch time. Anyone else sick of ESPN? I know we've talked about it before, They also have trotted out people to contest and compare apples (USC case) to oranges (Cam case). This even promted the NCAA Pres to cme out with a statement saying it was not the same. So I say this with the utmost respect, Joe Schad, go %^$k yourself. You had a lousy source. Egg is on your face. We all know you're in CYA mode.
I don't buy all the rematch is better for the first time loser, at least not in this case. The make-up of these two teams is so different now. When AU played SC the first time, we were unsure about what we had in Cam. We found out what a great runner he was that night, but he is so much more now. He is multi-deminsional, and one heckuva passer. Ontario Speedwagon has also emerged, along with the development of Michael Dyer.
Carolina is also different. Marcus Lattimore is the real deal. Alshon Jeffries is arguably the best receiver in the league. Greazy Garcia has been better as of late as well.
This game could go either way, at least that's what the talking heads say. How many times have I hear this week what a great big-game coach the OBC is? I think that's true, circa 1995. I think this year the OBC has taken advantage of a super weak division. think about it for a second, if Florida, UGA, and Tennessee were their norma selves, what would Carolina's record be? My guess is 7-5 or 6-6.
On the other hand Auburn has come through the toughest West Division maybe ever unscathed, topping it off with the unthinkable (at least back in August) victory over the Saban Nation.
The key to this game starts and ends with Cam Newton. I have no doubt SC will score 21 points in the first half, because Ted Roof enjoys spotting anyone 21 points. Granted, I wish he wouldn't. Cam will make plays one way or the other. Another thing to keep in mind is the fastest of fast tracks in the Ga Dome. It is supposedly the fastest turf in football. Auburn has way more team speed. Don't be surprised to see Dyer or Speedwagon break a long one.
I also think given Garcia's injury situation, Nick Fairly will likely see to it he doesn't finish the game, but here's hoping he gives u a couple of turnovers before he leaves.
Auburn will stop Lattimore, but it will be intersting to see if Spurrier abandons the run. My guess is he'll chunk it around quite a bit.
If we don't turn it over, we win, plain and simple.
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