Last season provided one of the season's most memorable moments. You surely remember Les Miles' last-second gamble. Miles called for a pass to the end zone when a field goal would have sufficed, and Matt Flynn hit Demetrius Byrd for a 22-yard score with one second left.
The memory of that 30-24 loss, as well as a far-too panicked fan base, provides more than enough motivation for Tommy Tuberville's bunch. Auburn is 3-0, and ranked 10th, but grumpy fans on the Plains aren't happy with the slow progression of Tony Franklin's new offense.
Auburn's athletic director even sent an e-mail to students this week, asking them not to boo their team.
LSU may also need to win with defense. Jarrett Lee and Andrew Hatch have looked shaky in No. 6 LSU's two opening wins, and the Appalachian State and North Texas defenses aren't nearly as talented as Auburn's.
Thanks to the UNLV (not Runnin') Rebels, this matchup has lost some prestige. Eight days ago, Arizona State and Georgia were on track for an under-the-lights-on-national-TV contest between two 3-0 teams.
But UNLV shocked then-No. 15 Arizona State 23-20 in overtime last Saturday, at Arizona State, sending the Sun Devils tumbling out of the polls.
Still, Sun Devil Stadium will undoubtedly be rocking for No. 3 Georgia's first trip to the West Coast since 1960 (7 p.m., ABC). And Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter possesses the arm to beat the Bulldogs. He has completed 71.3 percent of his passes and has six touchdowns and two interceptions.
Unfortunately for the Sun Devils, they don't have much of a chance of containing Knowshon Moreno or Matt Stafford.
Fulmer Vs. Meyer
Can Phil Fulmer finally break through against Urban Meyer? Doesn't look promising. Tennessee's coach is 0-3 against his Florida counterpart, and the No. 4 Gators come to Neyland Stadium (2:30, CBS) oozing with confidence.
Oh, and the Gators got the past two weeks to prepare for the Volunteers.
Tennessee must contain Tim Tebow — that's a given. But more importantly, they need better play from their own quarterback. Jonathan Crompton was terrible in the season-opening loss at UCLA, which has lost 59-0 to BYU. And while he was improved in the Vols' 35-3 win last Saturday over UAB, Crompton still threw two passes to the other team.
And now the real season begins for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Bobby Petrino's team escaped two scares against inferior competition, but No. 9 Alabama's visit to Reynolds Razorback Stadium (11:30 a.m., Raycom) starts a four-game stretch against top-10 teams. ... Auburn 3, Mississippi State 2 might not turn out to be the most ridiculous football linescore of the SEC season. The Bulldogs visit Georgia Tech for what figures to be another struggle to score. ... Vanderbilt travels to Ole Miss and looks for a 4-0 start while the Rebels try for a 3-1 start.
SEC Storylines: Defensive Tussle Expected
Hawgs Illustrated Top Stories
Singleton Leaving for NFLArkansas will be searching for a new running backs coach for the second straight offseason.
Hawgs IllustratedYesterday at 1:36 PM
State of the Hogs: Hannon CommittedLuke Hannon is ready to hang up his shoulder pads after wearing out the 7A West the last three years at Springdale Har-Ber. He's committed to Arkansas, but it's as a pre-med…
Hawgs IllustratedYesterday at 9:01 AM
State of the Hogs: Recruiting Not OverRecruiting still may have a few twists and turns. Here's a front-page commentary with some wrap-up thoughts from Wednesday's events surrounding signing day at Arkansas.
Hawgs IllustratedThursday at 7:32 AM
Dan Enos: Cole Kelley "Elite" ThrowerArkansas quarterbacks coach Dan Enos calls 2016 signee Cole Kelley "elite thrower." That was among the many highlights at the signing day party Wednesday night at Bud Walton Arena.
Hawgs IllustratedWednesday at 7:15 PM