AUBURN, Ala. -- Give this Auburn team a lot of credit. Not for beating a team that they were supposed to beat, but for coming out motivated and determined to play at a high level.
Auburn took care of business early and often against Florida Atlantic, jumping out to a 38-0 lead in the first half and cruising to a 45-10 win Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
In doing so, this year’s team avoided a letdown and served notice that it is mature enough to handle success.
The coaches talked about it all week. How would this team deal with a high ranking and how would they play coming off an emotional win at Texas A&M, the biggest since Auburn won the 2010 BCS National Championship.
Could these players, coming off a 3-9 season, handle going from the hunter to the hunted?
The answer is an emphatic yes.
The win gives Auburn a perfect October and it will go into a tough November schedule with a 7-1 record and an opportunity to achieve much more than anyone predicted back in July.
The Tigers will be a pretty heavy favorite going into next Saturday’s game at Arkansas. The Razorbacks have lost five straight and were outscored a combined 104-7 in their previous two games against South Carolina and Alabama.
With two weeks to prepare, Arkansas will be pointing to this game as a chance to turn around their season.
It will be another test for Auburn. This one will be on the road where Auburn has lost two straight including a 38-14 loss in 2011 and a 44-23 loss in 2009. Both times an unranked Razorback squad beat a Top 20 Auburn team.
These Tigers proved they could avoid a letdown at home against FAU. Can they do the same at Arkansas?
I expect so.
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