AUBURN - Former coach Pat Dye dubbed it "Amen Corner." It is the time of year for which every Auburn football season is remembered.
Defensive line coach Tracy Rocker made the stakes clear to his players from the start.
"We play for November," he told them. And November is here.
This November is even bigger than most. The Tigers arrive unbeaten - 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the Southeastern Conference. They are ranked No. 2 in the polls and the BCS standings. They are four wins from playing in the BCS Championship Game.
Saturday, Chattanooga comes to town for homecoming. Then, the Tigers turn for home. They play Georgia at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Nov. 13. And they play Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Nov. 26.
After a finishing off a grueling October with a 51-31 romp at Ole Miss, the Tigers had some fun on Sunday night. They had a costume party, with top honors going to running back Mario Fannin. It was a good day and a good month. And then it was time to move on.
"Play for November."
Rocker learned his lessons from Dye, and he's passing them on.
"Coach Rocker always told us when we first came in here in August, 'We play for November," freshman defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker said. "'We play for November.' November is here. We've just got to keep playing. This is what we play for."
Georgia has been a major disappointment, but the Bulldogs will arrive at Jordan-Hare Stadium with a four-game winning streak over Auburn, a load of talent and a chip on their shoulder.
If the Tigers survive that one, it could set up a historic Iron Bowl. If Auburn is unbeaten and Alabama still has just one loss, the game will decide who plays for the SEC Championship and remains in the running for the BCS title.
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