The Wait is Almost Over

Newton and James will get top billing Monday night.

Monday night is getting closer and closer.  When the Cotton Bowl finishes up tonight, no disrespect to my Wildcats and Pitt in the BBVA Compass Bowl or Boston College and Nevada in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, the hype will really start to build for Auburn and Oregon.

Wouldn’t it be funny if this ended up a 10-7 game?  Possible.  Sure it’s possible, but definitely not likely.  We all know about the high octane, up tempo, fast break offenses that both of these teams have.  They both average over 40 points per game, 500 yards per game (497 for Auburn), and the play clock never needs to be plugged up.  If you blink Cam Newton and LaMichael James will sneak a couple of highlight reel plays right by you.

The defenses are solid, but in this game they will be overlooked, with the exception of Nick Fairley.  The Lombardi Award winner will put his stamp on the game.  He’s a nonstop disruptive force in the middle who plays on the edge, occasionally he crosses the line.  No doubt he will introduce himself to James and quarterback Darron Thomas  several times throughout the course of the game.  When it’s all said and done I think the offenses come to play as advertised and we get a good close game.  Auburn wins 43-39.

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My name is Vinny Hardy. I am a freelance sports blogging correspondent for the John Boy & Billy Big Show. I'm from Lynch Kentucky. I currently live in Morristown, Tennessee. My wife Katie and I have been married for 10 years and we have a 3 year old son, Micah. I would like to thank Will West of WNML in Knoxville for urging me to start blogging and the Big Show's very own Terry Hanson for his unbelievable mentoring and support. Without him absolutely none of this is possible. I hope you enjoy the blog. The articles can also be seen on, check out that site too. Leave a comment and definitely come back regularly and see what's new.