Auburn's stunning 34-28 win over defending national champion Alabama was, instead, at the front of his mind.
"Did I say War Eagle? War Eagle," Newton said, jokingly saying later, "Did I say War Eagle? War Eagle."
In fact, the former Auburn quarterback suggested that he had been saying the Tigers would find a way to win the Iron Bowl all week:
"I'm not surprised, and you guys shouldn't be surprised either," Newton added. "Because if you following me throughout this whole week, you know that I was trying to tell you guys, don't be surprised with what circumstance may come Saturday night."
Newton led the Tigers to a BCS National Championship in 2010, his only season on the Plains, for which he won the Heisman Trophy and parlayed the success into being the top overall draft pick in 2011.