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Dear Lord, let this be the only type of pass Greg tries all game. Amen.
Of course, everyone will yell that comparing Greg McElroy to Cam Newton is like comparing a Jeep to a Ferrari—it's useless to do so since each machine is used for different things.
Auburn fans would more likely compare the two signal-callers to a plow horse and a racehorse.
While it might make more sense to compare, say, 'Bama's defensive line to Cam Newton, when it comes down to it, the real rivalry here is between the two quarterbacks as to which one can direct his team to the end zone.
And in high-pressure games like this, McElroy has experience. Twice last year—in back-to-back games, in fact—Greg was unfavorably compared to all-star quarterbacks.
Ask Tim Tebow which quarterback played better in the SEC Championship Game last December. Ask Colt McCoy (or even Garrett Gilbert, the supposed wunderkind backup for Texas) which quarterback has a ring with "National Champions" engraved on it.
But for funsies, let's compare some passing statistics:
McElroy: 2,390 yards, 17 touchdowns, five interceptions. Newton: 2,038 yards, 21 touchdowns, six interceptions.
Sure, Newton rushes for far more yards, but McElroy has the track record of winning and managing the game well.
This will be Cam Newton's biggest stage so far. We know how McElroy does under this kind of pressure: He wins.
The question remains: How will Newton react?