Auburn hasn’t forgotten last year’s surprising 21-14 loss to the Kentucky Wildcats in Auburn, and even though Auburn is riding high after a beatdown to Louisiana Monroe, the Tigers still want avenge last year’s loss.
“We were better on paper than they were,” cornerback T’Sharvan Bell said. “It was just a lack of execution. There’s always a chip on your shoulder — you’ve got to have an edge. There’s that sour taste in your mouth.”
Cameron Newton didn’t play last year for the Tigers, but he has definitely made an impact with Auburn this season, and he continues to play well and rack of the yards on the ground and through the air, the 6’6, 245 lb dual threat quarterback is likely to become a Heisman Candidate (You Tube video)
Auburn is in a position to go further up the polls with a win against Kentucky and has upcoming home games versus always tough Arkansas and Mississippi State.
Right now, Auburn coach Gene Chizik is just focusing on one game at a time and knows there is a lot of football left in the season.
“We simply don’t talk about it,” the Auburn coach said. “It’s just something we don’t pay a lot of attention. There’s so much football left. This time of year — it just doesn’t really sink in.”
Kentucky isn’t a pushover and started the season with a 3 and 0 record under new Wildcats’ head coach, Joker Phillips.
However, the last two weeks, Kentucky was overwhelmed by the Florida Gators’ Trey Burton in his six TD performance and lost a close game to Ole Miss, 31-24.
Kentucky’s two biggest playmakers, running back Derrick Locke and offensive weapon Randall Cobb, have given Wildcats’ fans hope of making an impact in the SEC this year.
Locke has been one of the best running backs in the SEC this season, but suffered an injury from a helmet to helmet collison against an Ole Miss defender. He is scheduled to play as of now, but is still suffering the affects of the collision.
Locke had caught eight receptions for 108 yards against Ole Miss and if he plays he and Locke will pose multiple problems for the Auburn defense.
The Wildcats will try to get the first SEC win this year at Auburn’s expense, but will have to get solid quarterback play from starting quarterback Mike Hartline.
As for Cobb, he will be instrumental if the Kentucky wants to duplicate last year’s results.
Coach Phillips has nothing but praise for Cobb.
“He’s one of the best leaders I’ve ever been around,” Phillips said of Cobb. “On game day, he’s the guy that’s vocal in the locker room, getting the guys inspired to play. He eats, drinks and sleeps football.”