The gambler has let his heart and his feelings get in the way of his better judgement. Conventional wisdom says Alabama is at home and would like nothing more than to spoil Auburn's perfect season. With the national championship out of reach this game is bigger than any other bowl game for the Crimson Tide. They have the perfect offense to keep Cam Newton on the sidelines and the Alabama defense can force the quarterback sensation into an average day. That being said I think Cam Newton has something special in store for Iron Bowl 2010. Cam Newton knows he's not coming back to Auburn next year and he has 3 games left to audition for the NFL. It will look impressive to have a win over Alabama on his resume. If he has a break out game against a Nick Saban coached team consider Cam Newton a first round pick. If I had my Young Sam Rothstein cap on I'd take Alabama, but Cleavie the Greek is going with his hunch. This game will come down to a last second field goal make or miss. We'll see what fate has in store for Cam. Here are a few bonus picks from Cleavie the Greek:
USC over Notre Dame. In the battle of the fallen programs USC finally gets a game against the Fighting Irish at the Coliseum. Matt Barkley will redeem himself and USC will get a leg up on the national recruiting scene.
Penn St. over Michigan St. Joe Paterno is getting a little long in the tooth, but it's senior day at Happy Valley and Michigan St. has looked vulnerable on the road. Look for Penn St. to play inspired ball and pull the upset.
Atlanta over Green Bay. I'm not a big believer in either one of these teams, but I believe in the Falcons more than I believe in the Packers. The Packers have had some easy games recently and this will be a wake up call for them.
Baltimore over Tampa Bay. The Bucs have responded to adversity admirably this season, but they're not ready for the hostile environment and the cold weather awaiting them in Baltimore. Oh yeah, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed will be there also.
Philadelphia over Chicago. The Michael Vick factor.