No Bull: Borges Taking Buffalo Seriously

With Brandon Cox and Kenny Irons bruised and beaten, the offensive line will need to improve its efforts this week.

Auburn, Ala.--The Buffalo Bulls might be 40-plus point underdogs when they arrive at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday, but that doesn't mean anything to Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges.

Borges' offense managed just seven points and 182 yards last week against LSU and is looking to get back on track against the Bulls.

"We're not assuming anything," he says. "We've made this clear to the players. I don't care about any point spreads, I don't care about any preconceived notions, we are playing this game like we are playing LSU. (The players) better think that way or we'll have them out of the game so fast that it will make their heads spin."

The offensive line didn't play its best game in Auburn's 7-3 victory over the other Tigers in the West, but with Brandon Cox less than 100 percent health-wise the main focus for the offense will be on the ground. Auburn rushed for just 72 yards last week.

"We're hoping we can get back on track and establish aggressiveness at the line of scrimmage and get a little rhythm running the ball," Borges notes.

With starting tailback Kenny Irons also nicked up, it'll likely be Brad Lester right, Brad Lester left and Brad Lester up the middle early on versus the Bulls. The sophomore played well against Washington State and Mississippi State scoring four touchdowns, but only had three touches against LSU. That number will likely increase exponentially on Saturday.

"He's done a fine job with whatever we've asked him to do," Borges says of Lester. "I would have liked to get him a little more work last week, but the situation never dictated we really could. I think we'll find that if you give him enough opportunities something good is going to happen."

The Bulls allow an average of 260 yards on the ground per game this season.

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