Before we get to the game preview, let’s just have a little background, shall we?
Up until last year, I had no beef with Auburn. They weren’t really even on my radar, and they pretty much never crossed my mind. Sure, we’ve only beaten them once, and that was almost 80 years ago, but still. They weren’t really a concern.
Then a fellow by the name of Cam Newton came along. In case you lived under a rock and missed all of what happened with Cammy Cam (his self-created “nickname”), here you go: Cam went to Florida, made some bad choices (read: theft and academic cheating), and left Florida before he could get in big trouble. He attended a junior college, then transferred to Auburn. Newton became the Tigers’ starting QB, and the rest, as they say, is history. He led the team to an undefeated season, including an SEC and national title.
This story isn’t as cut and dry as it looks, though. Newton spent the second half of the 2010 season surrounded by controversy, as it was revealed that his dad engineered a pay-for-play scheme, and that was why Cam wound up at Auburn. The younger Newton claimed innocence, and played in every game last season. He was briefly ruled ineligible, but the NCAA extra fast-tracked his reinstatement, allowing him to play in the SEC Championship game against South Carolina.
The loss to Auburn during the regular season was painful, because we were so very close to winning that game. The loss in the championship game was painful too, because the Cocks got crushed and I will maintain forever that Cam Newton should have been ineligible for that game. I will also maintain forever that he lied and had to have known at least some of what his father was doing. What’s done is done, though, and now it’s time to get some revenge.