1. After the two early losses to South Florida and Miss. State, talk
about how Auburn has regrouped and put together its current
"Auburn was minus nine in turnover margin in the two losses. Since then, during AU's four-game winning streak, Auburn is plus seven in turnover margin. That is a statistic that explains a lot on why Tommy Tuberville's team has bounced back from a 1-2 start.
"Another big difference is the coaching staff's surprising decision to go a second and third true freshman on the starting offensive line to join right tackle Lee Ziemba. Chaz Ramsey, who will start at right guard, and Ryan Pugh, who is questionable for this week's game at left tackle due to an ankle sprain, have added a real spark to the Auburn offense." If Pugh doesn't start, fifth-year senior King Dunlap, a 2006 starter, will line up at left tackle.
2. How has the return of Brad Lester helped the Auburn offense?
"The junior is Auburn's quickest and most experienced tailback. He runs hard and has a knack for making tacklers miss. Lester is also a threat as a kickoff returner."
3. Auburn managed to hold Arkansas' impressive running back tandem of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones in check. Talk about that and how much the return of Tray Blackmon has helped.
"Blackmon, who was injured on the final play of the first half on an interception return in Auburn's opening night win over Kansas State, made a big difference in his return to the starting lineup at middle linebacker vs. Arkansas. A player with great instincts, who is quick and physical, when healthy he is a difference-maker for the the Tigers.
"Making Blackmon's job, and the assignment for the other linebackers, less demanding was a strong performance in Fayetteville from the defensive line led by Josh Thompson, Sen'Derrick Marks, Pat Sims and Antonio Coleman."
4. Brandon Cox is one of the toughest players in college football as it seems he takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Talk about his play and the importance of a good performance by him on Saturday.
"A starter since the 2005 season, the redshirt senior got off to a horrible
start this year, but has bounced back after being benched in game four vs. New Mexico State. He has lost only one SEC road game as a starter and that was at
LSU two years ago on a night he did enough to lead Auburn to a victory if not
for kicker John Vaughn having the worst night of his career and several normally
reliable receivers dropping passes that were destined for touchdowns or big
5. John Vaughn had his problems with LSU. Talk about Wes Byrum and his heroics already early in his career.
"It's been an eventful first season on campus for the freshman from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He suffered an ankle sprain in the first half of his first game on kickoff coverage that prevented him from kicking off early in the season, but he has continued to handle the field goals. Despite making the game-winner vs. Arkansas, he was not happy with his 3-5 for night, which dropped his numbers for the season to 11-15 including the game-ending winner at Florida he had two kick on a do-over type situation that night."