Just last season, after starting 0-2, the Auburn Tigers reeled off five straight victories and were riding high heading into a showdown with ninth-ranked LSU in Tiger Stadium. A humbling 31-7 loss sent the Tigers into a spiral downward as they lost three of four before closing out the regular season with a win over Alabama.
One of Auburn's large group of team leaders, Brown says that the Tigers have stayed very focused this season and he doesn't believe that will change following an impressive 34-10 victory at Tennessee last weekend.
"Last year we kind of started going up the mountain," Brown says. "We're gelling together a little bit. We kind of hit that brick wall late and as seniors we're trying not to let that happen again. We just have to go out, get better and take every opponent one at a time. We have to play like we're playing the number one team in the country every week."
Brown rumbles for yardage vs. LSU.
While the Bulldogs aren't the top team in the land, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will be a very dangerous foe for the Tigers this weekend. With a record of 3-2, the Bulldogs are coming off a win over No. 17 Fresno State in Ruston with the only losses coming at Miami (Fla.) and at Tennessee. In the game against the Vols the Bulldogs were in the game until late in the first half despite playing with their backup quarterback. Brown says Tech's win over Fresno State helps to keep everyone focused this week in practice.
"I think that kind of let everybody know what the situation was," Brown says. "With the six, seven and eight teams losing last week we all know that anybody is capable of being beat on any given day. We'll just keep that in mind and feed off it and try not to be that group that comes out disappointed."
The job for the Tigers this week is to keep their heads out of the clouds and remain focused on the task at hand, winning another football game. Brown says the Tennessee game is now history and that's where it will have to remain if this season hopes to become one to remember fondly.
"I think the key for us this week and this season is just to stay grounded," he says. "We can't read too much into our success. We just have to stay grounded as a team. I think everybody focuses on that. Coach Tub touched on that a little bit (Sunday) in our meeting. Going into this week we're going to practice and prepare just like we did against Tennessee. It's another big game."
Give him six: Ronnie Brown flattens Jason Allen in Knoxville Saturday night.