Tampa Bay running backs LeGarrette Blount and Cadillac Williams have been doing plenty of trash talking in advance of Monday night's BCS Championship Game, which features their alma maters, Oregon and Auburn, respectively. Find out what the bet is between to the two Bucs in this article.
Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount has heaped a lot of praise on veteran teammate Cadillac Williams this season for helping him acclimate himself to Tampa Bay, life in Tampa Bay and Greg Olson’s offense. But these days Blount and Williams aren’t on speaking terms – not with their alma maters squaring off in the Tostitos BCS Championship Game on Monday in Glendale, Ariz.
Blount, who spent his last two collegiate seasons at Oregon, a proud Ducks alum, often wearing green and gold paraphernalia in the locker room and the halls of One Buccaneer Place during Tampa Bay’s memorable 10-6 season. Williams, who is over six years removed from his days at Auburn, was seen wearing some Tigers gear in the locker room. With the BCS Championship Game matchup having been decided for weeks now, one could only imagine the amount of trash talking going on between Blount and Williams, especially with them both being in the same running backs meeting room.
“Cadillac and I are tight, but we’re bitter right now,” Blount said. “I just feel like those Auburn guys think that because they are in the SEC that they think they’re going to blow people out. I’ve heard that Oregon is like a 20-point underdog. I can’t believe that.”
Oregon (12-0) possesses the No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 538 yards per game. Led by the dynamic running style of LaMichael James, who finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting, the Ducks have the No. 4-ranked ground game, averaging 304 yards per game. Oregon is averaging 49.3 points per game, while surrendering just 18.4 points defensively.
Led by Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, number one-ranked Auburn (13-0) demolished South Carolina 56-17 to win the SEC Championship Game. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Newton has completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,598 yards with 28 touchdowns and only six interceptions, while rushing for 1,409 yards and 20 touchdowns. The Tigers have the No. 7-ranked offense, averaging 498 yards per game, and the No. 6-ranked rushing attack, averaging 287 yards per game. Auburn is averaging 42.7 points per game and giving up 24.5 points on average.
“The thing is, how many points is Cam Newton going to put up?” Blount said. “It’s not the Auburn Tigers. It’s the ‘Cam Newton Show.’ When we knock him out of the game what are they going to do? We’re going to put up like 60 and they are going to put up like 25.”
Williams disagreed and said that Newton would be the difference-maker for Auburn on Monday night.
“Well, see we got this guy by the name of Cam Newton, who I think plays for Auburn … or does he play for Oregon?” said Williams. “Oh, he plays for Auburn. Well I’m going with Cam Newton in a nutshell. I think that there speaks itself right there. Cam Newton!”
While Williams is a proud Auburn alum, he claims he is being objective when evaluating what is one of the most intriguing BCS Championship Game matchups in recent memory.
“It is hard to go against a quarterback,” said Williams. “I’m not picking Auburn because I went to Auburn. Of course that’s one reason why I’m picking them, but when you have a quarterback like Cam Newton – guy who can control the ball like he does – Oregon’s offense might not get on the field. He touches it every play. He grinds it out. It is over, man. Easy money!”
Neither Bucs running back would disclose if they have a monetary wager on the game, but Blount did say that the loser would have to wear the apparel of the winner’s school at the next practice at One Buc Place.
“Wherever Carnell is, let him know to have everything I asked for ready to go,” Blount said. “Tell him I’ll bring my jersey to work for him to wear. You know that Oregon has an unlimited supply of stuff for him to wear. Whatever he asks for, I’m going to bring it to him. If he wants a LeGarrette Blount No. 9 jersey, I’ll bring that to him.
“I’ve got all my jerseys. I’ve got the white and silver. I’ve got the white and green. I’ve got the black and silver. I’ve got the black and yellow. I’ve got the yellow and green. I’m just going to bring all of them and spread them out in the locker room and let him have the pick of the litter. I’ll bring in some yellow Oregon shoes – the ugly ones. I’ll let him rock this Oregon paraphernalia. Then when we beat Auburn he’s going to have to call me ‘Daddy’ all week.”
Williams undoubtedly begs to differ and has plenty of Auburn gear for Blount to wear if the Tigers prevail. While Auburn is heavily favored in this game and both teams have had plenty of high-scoring contests, Williams doesn’t predict a shootout.
“Everybody thinks this is going to be a high-scoring game,” said Williams. “It is not going to be. I don’t see Oregon scoring. I think Oregon will score 20 or 24 points in that range. I don’t see it being in the 40s to 50s. No. To me, I think we match up well with Oregon. I think our defense matches up really well with their offense. We have a big, athletic defensive line and linebackers that can run. You know we have been kind of slouching in the secondary. You know those guys are going to be okay. Usually when it comes down to the championship game the best team wins. Auburn is the best team.”
They better be if Williams wants to avoid having to wear any garish yellow and green around One Buc Place this year.
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