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Cam Newton Touchdown Run Against LSU Was Signature Heisman Play (Video)

Three weeks ago I asked if Denard Robinson, Taylor Martinez, or Cam Newton was the best running quarterback in America. While Newton’s numbers were not as impressive as the others’, he still belonged in the discussion and showed us why on Saturday.

Newton ran for 216 yards on 28 carries as Auburn handed LSU its first loss of the year winning 24-17. The junior quarterback ran for a one-yard touchdown to give his team a 7-0 lead but the signature play came early in the third quarter. Check out this Cam Newton 49-yard touchdown run video against LSU that helped solidify Newton’s claim for the Heisman Trophy:

I was listening to the game on the radio when this play happened and I could tell the announcers were getting excited. Unfortunately their description did not do the play justice. Newton made three LSU defenders miss and dragged Patrick Patterson into the end zone. Now that is freaking impressive. I’m guessing Auburn will be 11-0 before they suffer a loss in the Iron Bowl to Alabama who will move on to the SEC Championship game. Hopefully Tigers fans will relish this high because the Tide will ensure it ends in disappointment.

Fake Punt Helps Michigan State Avoid the Northwestern Upset

Michigan State entered Saturday’s game at Northwestern ranked 7th in the BCS Standings and first in the Big Ten with a 7-0 record. They had beaten Notre Dame on a crazy fake, taken down Wisconsin at home, and they pummeled Michigan on the road. With a big challenge at Iowa looming, Saturday at Evanston seemed like a trap game for the Spartans.

It certainly turned out that way, yet Michigan State prevailed with an impressive comeback.

The Spartans came back from down 17-0 in the second quarter to win 35-27. They caught a nice break early in the game when Northwestern lost a fumble at the Michigan State one-yard line on its third possession. Kirk Cousins threw a touchdown pass before halftime to get them on the board and they went into the half down 17-7. In the second half, Michigan State’s offense really came alive.

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scored on a reverse to pull the Spartans within three, but then they allowed another touchdown going down by 10. Michigan State reached into its bag of tricks again and ran a fake punt to convert a 4th down in Northwestern territory and they scored a touchdown right after that. Yet again, a fake on a special teams play gave them a huge lift. From there, Michigan State’s defense got stops (including a pick to seal the game), and the offense scored two more touchdowns to win it.

Michigan State isn’t blowing teams away and reminds me a lot of Iowa last year in terms of the way they’ve won games. It hasn’t always been pretty, but they keep coming out on top. Now they can turn their full attention to the Hawkeyes.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

Where UCLA Bruins Go From Here Will Determine Rick Neuheisel’s Future

Much like going to Austin, when UCLA was set to play at Eugene for a huge road game this year, I was expecting a bad loss. Because of the shocking win at Texas, I was holding out a small piece of hope somewhere inside me that UCLA could pull off another stunner. What we ended up seeing was a 60-13 loss in which the school couldn’t have possibly been more embarrassed.

Oregon went 90 yards on eight plays for a touchdown in their opening drive and went the rest of the game mowing through UCLA with little resistance. The Ducks rolled up 582 yards of offense and were so dominant it felt like they could have named the score against the Bruins. While UCLA was hoping to get first downs and maybe get into field goal range, it was a disappointment if Oregon’s drives didn’t end in touchdowns (only 3 of 11 didn’t). UCLA’s defense was an oxymoron; we didn’t even see the Ducks’ punter until the 4th quarter.

I know I speak for all Bruins fans when I say that I’m sick of these embarrassing losses. 35-0 to Stanford, 35-7 to Cal, and now 60-13 against Oregon, where the touchdown wasn’t scored until two minutes were left in the game. On no possible level is this acceptable. If we’re good enough to beat Houston and Texas, we should be good enough to compete with the rest of the teams in our conference.

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Pac-10 Announces New Pac-12 Conference Alignment with North and South Divisions

Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott held a news conference Thursday to announce the alignment changes to the conference. First off, the new alignment features a North and South division (for football only). Scott, who kept calling the conference “the new Pac-12,” says all the schools will have equal revenue sharing. He also mentioned that if revenue does not exceed $170 million in media rights in any year, UCLA and USC would receive a $2 million payment. Here are the football divisions that were voted on unanimously by the schools’ presidents:

PAC-12 NORTH: Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, Stanford

PAC-12 SOUTH: USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Utah

Scott said the divisions were determined based on four factors: the importance of rivalry games, fan friendliness, geography, and competitive balance. Scott said they wanted to ensure the conferences were balanced evenly based on success the football programs have had in the conference.

Another very interesting point to note is that the conference championship game will be played on the home field of the team with the best conference record, not a neutral site. It does not appear that a tie-breaking system has been finalized, but head-to-head record will be the top tie-breaker, and possibly the BCS standings may be another.

Scott also announced how the football and basketball conference schedules will be formatted:

Football

    – There will be nine conference games five divisional, four cross-divisional)
    - The four California schools will be locked in to play each other every year
    - There will be a rotating system for two of the remaining four teams

Basketball

    – There will be 18 games like usual
    - guaranteed home and home against traditional rival
    - six rotating home games against six schools each year
    - one game against the remaining four teams

Fayetteville Eye Doctor Offers Free Laser Eye Surgery to Arkansas-Auburn Refs

Remember this call from the Arkansas-Auburn game on Sunday?  How could you forget?  It may have cost Arkansas the game, but we’ll never know.  If nothing else, it prompted a hilarious press release from McDonald Eye Associates, a vision correction facility in Fayetteville, Ark.

As Sports by Brooks Live points out, the eye center sent out a press release on Tuesday morning that has promised any on-field or booth official from Saturday’s game free laser eye surgery.  The company has suggested the game’s officials must have had something wrong with their eyes and that “errors and incorrect calls from the game could have possibly been avoided with better vision.”

As someone who has horrendous vision and has been told I’m a candidate for laser eye surgery, I have a pretty good idea of how much the procedure costs and it’s usually upwards of a few thousand dollars.  McDonald Eye Associates must be the workplace of some pretty die hard Razorback fans if they’re making a point this loudly.

Whether it means I’d be admitting a mistake or not, I’d definitely cash in on this offer if I were one of the officials from the game and had bad eyes.  Saving a few thousand dollars because someone disagrees with a call or two that you made?  I can’t think of a better reason to swallow your pride.

Nebraska Fan Eats Bar of Soap After Losing Texas Bet

Nebraska fans may have had all the fun leading up to the Texas game, but it’s the Longhorns fans enjoying their time now. Not only did Texas shut down Taylor Martinez and win the game easily, but they’re also getting revenge on opposing fans. The Wiz of Odds has a video of a Huskers fan eating a bar of soap after losing a bet to a Longhorns fan.

At first, said fan has the bar of soap sitting on a bed of lettuce and on top of a slice of cheese, but then he proceeds to tear through it with a knife and fork. Good thing he had the pint of beer to wash it down. Skip ahead to the 1:10 mark to watch the goodness:

The lesson to be learned here? Make sure your wide receivers can catch before you make a bet. Oh yeah, and be careful about the terms to which you agree.

Boise State Will Likely Be Last Undefeated Team Standing

The first official BCS standings of the season were released on Sunday and of course people were pissed that Boise State (number two in the AP and Coaches’ Poll) was jumped by Oklahoma. Making things more confusing, the Sooners were tops in the BCS standings, jumping even Oregon which is number one in both polls. If people are upset that Oklahoma’s number one, I don’t think they’ll have to worry too much — I’m betting the Sooners lose a game in the regular season.

What really outrages folks is the thought that Boise State — which has beaten Virginia Tech and Oregon State non-conference — will be left out of the title game. I’m already on the record saying their schedule is not challenging enough to include them in a national championship game. While they’re an extremely good team, give them a Pac-10, Big Ten, Big 12, or SEC schedule and they’ll lose a game just like the top teams in those conferences generally do. Unfortunately, it appears as if they may be the last undefeated team standing when the regular season ends.

Presently, there are 10 undefeated teams left in the country. Six of them play each other, so that cuts this list of possible undefeated teams down to seven. From there, most of the remaining teams have difficult schedules, making me think Boise State will be the last undefeated team and a decent bet to end up in the title game.

Here are the remaining undefeated teams and analysis of their schedule and the likelihood they remain undefeated (they’re listed by their BCS ranking):

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