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. [...]
Marshall might have had some hiccups this season, but he's still dangerous enough to create problems for Alabama in the open field, and Auburn has a few more wrinkles -- a quarterback draw, inverted veer, bootleg action -- to use to get Marshall out in space.
Fans may not like to hear it, but Gus Malzahn still has a few walls to construct as he rebuilds Auburn's program. The weaknesses on defense are clear, and there are some notable problems on offense that need to be addressed.
Coates spends his off time in hospitals, visiting kids battling cancer like Ray. In the aftermath of home games, Coates likes to keep his post-game interviews short. He has people to see. People like Kenzie. That's how they met in the first place, after Coates struck up a friendship with the little girl after Auburn's win over Mississippi State last year.
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