There are many storylines in this year’s Iron Bowl. One key story is the Cameron Newton recruiting scandal. Before we look at this week’s AP football picks, here is a key excerpt highlighting Auburn’s latest scandal.
AP: Then there’s Camgate.
The NCAA is looking into the recruitment of Auburn star quarterback Cam Newton after allegations by Mississippi State boosters that his father asked for money to send his son to play for that school.
As of now, Newton is expected to play. He’s the Southeastern Conference’s leading rusher, the nation’s second-most efficient passer and in just one year he’s made a case for being called the best quarterback in SEC history. Former Auburn coach Pat Dye, who coached Bo Jackson, has called Newton, “the best football player I ever saw.”
The Tide will provide his toughest test yet. Alabama has won 20 straight home games and leads the nation with 21 interceptions. Plus, coach Nick Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart have some history of bottling up good running quarterbacks. Just ask Tim Tebow. Below you can find other storylines for this year’s Iron Bowl and picks for this week’s big games.