Junior center Jason Bosley says that all week his team has had a good focus on what is ahead beginning with the trip to Athens to face the 10th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs.
"I think all the older guys know what it's about," Bosley says. "The young guys are going to learn quick. These last two games are usually what make or break the season for us.
"We had a players only meeting and Josh Thompson said that we can either bust our butts and finish 10-3 and go to a good bowl game at the end of the year or we can screw around and be 7-5 and be mediocre.
"We're excited," Bosley says. "This is what you come to Auburn for, to play in these two games. The first one is Georgia and we're going to come ready to play like we always do."
The incentive to play well this season goes deeper than just finishing the season strongly, it also comes from the memories of last season's game in Jordan-Hare Stadium when the visiting Bulldogs pounded Auburn 37-15 to end the Tigers' hopes of a BCS berth. Bosley says that game has been a point of emphasis for this team since the end of last season and the Tigers are looking for a little redemption.
"They came in here last year and just whipped us," Bosley says. "There is no way to beat around the bush. All off-season that was definitely a focal point that Georgia came in and whipped our butts. That's definitely in the back of our minds. Any time someone comes into your house and does what they did to us last year then it's going to stick in your head. We use that for a little motivation."
Playing for the 11th consecutive week, Auburn is hoping to go into its only off week on a positive note and get a breather before facing rival Alabama. The rest actually started last week as the offensive starters got an early end to their day against Tennessee Tech in the second quarter. Bosley says that was huge for this team although he notes they didn't play as well as they'll need to win this week.
"It was nice to kind of get a little rest," Bosley says. "Going into these next two games it was good to get a break. Those young guys did pretty good. We've just got to keep working. We didn't run the ball very good. I don't know if everybody wasn't excited or they were thinking about Georgia. I don't know what it was. Everybody is pumped. We've had a great week and Coach (Hugh) Nall is pumped. He'll have us ready to go. It should be fun."
The starting center on Georgia's 1980 team that won it all, Nall is always extra ready this week to face the Bulldogs. Bosley says you can see it in the eyes of his coach, but he hasn't preached anything different to his offensive linemen.
"Coach Nall said if we can't run the football in these last two games then it's going to be tough," Bosley says. "You look at the game with Alabama and LSU. There wasn't much running. If either team had run the football it would have been an easy win for either one of them. If you look at our games this season, the games we've established the run, we've done pretty good no matter who we've played. That's what we've got to do, we've got to come out and play Auburn football."
The game, which will be nationally televised by CBS, will kick off shortly after 2:30 p.m. CST.