It might not have had the same pop as a 53-point SEC West win. But, yet again, Auburn has the national media talking after another crucial divisional victory.
The Tigers won their fifth straight game, and they did it while (gasp!) making Kamryn Pettway a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender. Auburn now looks ahead to a schedule that includes Vanderbilt, Alabama A&M, Georgia and Alabama. At this point, the first three seem manageable, if not expectedly winnable. The last, well, that might be an interesting discussion once the Iron Bowl finally arrives.
What are they saying across the country after Auburn stepped up to win another key prime-time game?
Greg Ostendorf, ESPN.com: “Looking at the upcoming schedule, there’s a realistic possibility that the Tigers will be 9-2 and ranked in the top 10 when they travel to Tuscaloosa to face No. 1 Alabama in the regular-season finale. And depending on what Texas A&M does, this year’s Iron Bowl could turn out to be a play-in game for the SEC championship. Who would’ve predicted that a month ago?”
Paul Myerberg, USA Today: “Much has changed since early September. Such as, for example, Gus Malzahn’s quick shift from the hot seat to potential SEC coach of the year.”
Booger McFarland, SEC Network: “Same song, different day. Pettway was a monster, so was interior O-line. (Rhett) Lashlee play-calling and (Kevin) Steele’s defense have changed things.”
Barrett Sallee, Bleacher Report: “Right now in my Top 25, I have Florida and Auburn in the top 10.”
Jake Mastroianni, FanSided: “I haven’t given Rhett Lashlee much credit since taking over play-calling duties in the LSU game because I feel like he’s been running the offense that Auburn should have been running all along.”
Graham Watson, Yahoo! Sports: “Auburn has games against Vanderbilt, Georgia and Alabama A&M before the all-important Iron Bowl against Alabama at the end of the regular season. Depending on how Alabama fares against LSU next weekend, the Iron Bowl could decide the SEC West.”