NCAA College Football Picks: Auburn vs. Alabama Recap: NCAA rules violation rumors aside, has there been any player in college football this year better than Cam Newton? Newton’s prodigious skills will be on display as he leads the Auburn Tigers (11-0) into Bryant-Denny Stadium to face the Alabama Crimson Tide (9-2) in the annual Iron Bowl that could decide who plays in the BCS title game. Vegas has picked Alabama as -4 1/2 point favorites at home
Allegations have improper practices by Newton’s father have dogged the talented quarterback for weeks but he has shaken off the rumors and, two weeks ago against Georgia, he accounted for 299 yards of total offense and 4 touchdowns. On the season, Newton has accounted for a whopping 38 touchdowns, including 17 rushing touchdowns. Auburn averages 42.8 points per game and also features a strong running attack led by Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb, who also scored three touchdowns against Georgia. The only weak link for Auburn is defense which is ranked 59th with an average of 24.9 points against.
Alabama ruined its chances at a repeat national championship with losses to South Carolina and LSU or otherwise this game would have much more meaning than just for in-state superiority. Alabama features the third best defense in the nation, giving-up just 12.8 points per game, and will be a stiff challenge for Newton and Auburn. The Crimson Tide also has a trio of stars on offense, Mark Ingram at running back, Julio Jones at receiver, and Greg McElroy at quarterback.
Alabama represents the toughest challenge yet for Auburn, who must defeat the defending national champions on the road and beat the Vegas odds to keep their title hopes alive.
Auburn edged out the Crimson Tide in a 28-27 college football picks victory, although it was a bitter sweet win for Auburn bettors as the Tigers failed to cover the college football odds point spread.
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