Cam Newton leads Auburn to SEC Championship - Photo via ESPN
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Controversy and accusations seem to be continually surfacing around Auburn quarterback Cam Newton but watching him play you would never guess it. Regardless of the possible off field questions, there is no denying that on the field, Newton is one of the best athletes in college football. Saturday’s performance in the SEC Championship game against South Carolina is solid evidence of that as Newton led the Tigers to a crushing defeat of the Gamecocks in possibly his best performance of his collegiate career.

Newton was cleared of any wrong doing by the NCAA recently and in his last game before next weekend’s Heisman Trophy Award announcement, Newton put an exclamation point on an impressive season for Auburn. Saturday he was 17 for 28 passing with 335 yards and 4 touchdown passes. Newton also ran for 75 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Tigers easily defeated South Carolina 56-17. Newton finishes the season with a team leading 2589 yards passing and 1409 yards rushing. As the main source of Auburn’s offense, Newton threw for 28 touchdowns this year and ran for an additional 20 touchdowns.

Could anyone else win the Heisman Trophy?

After Saturday, it’s not looking very likely.

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Team Record Points Previous Rank
1 Auburn (36) 13-0 1473 2
2 Oregon (23) 12-0 1462 1
3 TCU (1) 12-0 1379 3
4 Wisconsin 11-1 1289 4
5 Stanford 11-1 1283 5
6 Ohio State 11-1 1179 6
7 Michigan State 11-1 1101 7
8 Arkansas 10-2 1085 8
9 Oklahoma 11-2 976 10
10 Boise State 11-1 932 9
11 LSU 10-2 863 11
12 Virginia Tech 11-2 817 12
13 Nevada 12-1 759 14
14 Missouri 10-2 705 15
15 Alabama 9-3 628 17
16 Oklahoma State 10-2 622 16
17 Nebraska 10-3 608 13
18 Texas A&M 9-3 601 19
19 South Carolina 9-4 332 18
20 Utah 10-2 312 21
21 Mississippi State 8-4 288 22
22 West Virginia 9-3 283 23
23 Florida State 9-4 188 20
24 Hawaii 10-3 111 25
25 Connecticut
8-4 74 NR

Others Receiving Votes:

UCF 63, Maryland 30, Tulsa 18, Navy 11, Miami (OH) 8, Northern Illinois 7, San Diego State 6, Pittsburgh 2, Fresno State 2, North Carolina State 1, Iowa 1, Air Force 1