Auburn hoping to take care of business against UK

Now that Auburn has earned a spot in the Bowl Championship Series standings for the first time and risen to No. 3 in the national standings with a 7-0 record, what does it all mean?

It means the Tigers need to handle it -- if they can.

"I've already gotten a phone call from my mother talking about the BCS. There's going to be a lot of talk about it," Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said after his Tigers earned a No. 4 BCS ranking on Monday. "Our players are going to be subjected to it on campus, in their apartments, in dorms, in phone calls from home.

"We will not have any talk about it around the office building, in the meeting rooms or on the practice field. But I'm not naive enough to believe it won't be talked about somewhere else, which is fine. That's what it is all about. It should be fun. But we also have to understand how we got here. One loss will pretty much kick us out of it."

That loss isn't likely to come this week if the Tigers take care of their business at home against Kentucky, but the Tigers need to keep improving week by week and not get caught up in potential distractions.

"All the BCS standings will take care of itself," Tuberville said. "But this will give our team a little bit more incentive, a little more exposure going into the next few games and, obviously, a little bit more added pressure. I think we can handle all of that."

SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: A team that struggled to move the ball consistently and score points last season has become on of the nation's more complete offensive teams, thanks in large part to the work of first-year offensive coordinator Al Borges, the development of senior quarterback Jason Campbell and the progress of a solid line. With opponents focused on slowing down RB Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown, Campbell has made the plays in the passing game to help Auburn average 34.4 points and 447 yards a game.

SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The front seven was supposed to be a concern this season with five new starters, but Auburn's speed at linebackers, its depth up front and its experience in the secondary have combined to help the Tigers lead the SEC in scoring (9 points per game), rank second in rushing defense and third in total defense. Auburn also has not allowed a rushing touchdown this season, but coach Tommy Tuberville still wasn't satisfied with his team's performance in last week's 38-20 win over Arkansas. "We want to get to Atlanta (for the SEC championship game)," Tuberville said. "To get to Atlanta, your offense can't be the only one playing."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I wouldn't know how to play us right now with the way we're doing it. Different formations each week; different personnel settings; putting Ronnie and Carnell in different places. How do you play us? Nobody has found that answer yet." -- Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville on the Tigers' offense.

THIS WEEK'S GAME: Kentucky at Auburn, Oct. 23 -- This game is dangerous only for one reason: the Tigers have so much momentum going that it's hard for them to get up once again for a struggling opponent such as Kentucky. The Tigers don't have to blow this team out, but they do need to take care of their business and not stumble around. So far they've done that this season against the likes of Louisiana-Monroe, The Citadel and Louisiana Tech. Are they due for a letdown?

PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Jason Campbell -- His development this season is a big reason for Auburn's offensive progress and the team's overall success. After completing 17 of 19 passes for a career-high 297 yards and three touchdowns against Arkansas and earning the SEC offensive player of the week award, Campbell now leads the SEC in pass efficiency and is fourth in the nation with a 180.4 rating.

RBs Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown -- Some pro scouting services have them both ranked among the nation's top-10 senior draft prospects, with good reason. Despite sharing the ball most of the season Brown is fifth in the SEC in rushing with 89.3 yards per game and four touchdowns and Williams is right behind with 88.1 yards per game and six touchdowns.

SS Junior Rosegreen -- One of the senior leaders on a surprising defense, Rosegreen leads the SEC with five interceptions to go with 31 total tackles (20 solos) and two pass deflections this season.

ROSTER REPORT: Except for RB-PR Tre Smith, who may be redshirted after missing the past three games with a shoulder injury, the Tigers should be healthy for the Kentucky game.

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