Last night was a clear example of a team that has lost its focus primarily because of how the season has played out. It is much easier to dig down deep physically and mentally, when you have major goals to play for like 2013. This isn't the case this late into the 2014 season and it shows. [...]
For the second straight season, the marquee matchup -- at least from a statistical standpoint -- is in the running game. Auburn's rushing attack, although not as overwhelming as last season, ranks ninth in the country, and Alabama's defense ranks second in the country against the run.
The NFL teams of Baltimore and New Orleans square off in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday night. Saints left guard Ben Grubbs formerly played that position for the Ravens. So the former Auburn standout seems a good one to judge the matchup: Which city has the best seafood?
To prepare this season, Johnson studied a wide variety of games. He also pulled film in the summer of Kiffin's coaching days at Southern Cal "just out of curiosity" as he entered the first of several months of quiet preparation behind the scenes.
Holsey, who arrived at Auburn as a cornerback, has lined up at every single position in the secondary in the past two seasons, sometimes on short notice, shifting into the starting lineup to make up for any deficiency caused by injury or off-the-field issues.
The show will also include Greg McElroy and Cole Cubelic.
08/30 vs. Arkansas (W 45-21) 09/06 vs. San Jose State (W 59-13) 09/13 -- Open Date -- 09/18 @ Kansas State (W 20-14) 09/27 vs. Louisiana Tech (W 45-17) 10/04 vs. LSU (W 41-7) 10/11 @ Mississippi State (L 23-38) 10/18 -- Open Date -- 10/25 vs. South Carolina (W 42-35) 11/01@ Ole Miss (W 35-31) 11/08 vs. Texas A&M (L 38-41) 11/15 @ Georgia(L 7-34) 11/22 vs. Samford (W 31-7) 11/29 @ Alabama