Auburn Shakes Up the SEC Race

Published on 6-Oct-2013 by Bridgett Davis

Football - NCAA    NCAA Football Daily Review

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Auburn Shakes Up the SEC Race

Auburn shook up the SEC with its 30-22 victory over No 24 Ole Miss on Saturday night. It was a huge win for the Tigers and could be a key result in determining the SEC's bowl picture.

This raises Auburn's record to 4-1 on the season. With Western Carolina and Florida Atlantic remaining on the schedule. Getting to six wins and a earning a bowl bid is a no-brainer.

After last season's 3-9 debacle, things are looking up for the Tigers. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall looked in control on the ground against the Rebels, rushing for140 yards and two touchdowns, while completing 11 of 17 passes for 93 yards.

But it was the defense that set the tone. Auburn kept the Rebels out of the end zone in the first half and disrupted the Ole Miss passing attack by sacking quarterback Bo Wallace six times.

Auburn could surprise the SEC and be in the title hunt if it can get wins at Tennessee and Arkansas. Suddenly, that doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility. The Tigers could get to eight wins, which could land them a more lucrative bowl game, perhaps the Chick-fil-A Bowl or the Gator Bowl.

What with the other powerhouses in the SEC, the Tigers have been flying under the radar so far this season. Their turnaround may be happening earlier than most of their fans expected, but they've got to keep in mind that Auburn isn't going to sneak up on any more foes this season.

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