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Phillip's Lunchtime Musings, Oct. 13

Who would have thought just six weeks ago that Auburn would be the highest ranked team in the Southeastern Conference and have the league's top Heisman Trophy candidate at the halfway point of the season? Just another example of why preseason prognostications mean next to nothing. ...

Phillip Marshall, Senior Editor, AuburnUndercover.com

Auburn has the best running game in the SEC, and quarterback Cam Newton isn't the only reason. The Tigers three tailbacks - Mike Dyer, Onterio McCalebb and Mario Fannin - have run 152 times for 899 yards. That's an average of 5.9 yards per carry and one yard shy of an average of 150 yards per game. ...

Auburn has intercepted just four passes in six games, and just two of them have been by defensive backs. Arkansas' Ryan Mallett will give them some opportunities to increase that number Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. They'll probably need to do it if they aer going to win. ...

Chris Rainey is back on the Florida football team a month after sending the following text to his girlfriend: "Time to die b---" Rainey got off with a misdemeanor stalking plea and was welcomed back by coach Urban Meyer. Hey, when you've lost two straight, you gotta do what you gotta do. What if that text had been sent to Meyer's daughter? Would he have been so forgiving? ...

Some people are starting to ask a pretty good question. What has Ohio State done to be ranked No. 1 in the nation? Here are the Buckeyes victories: 45-7 over Marshall, 36-24 over Miami, 43-7 over Ohio U., 73-20 over Eastern Michigan, 24-13 over Illinois and 38-20 over Indiana. The great weakness of the current system is that there is built-in bias. Poll voters assume Ohio State and others like it is a championship contender until it proves it's not. ...

For all the wringing of hands about Auburn's defense, the Tigers have given up just 10 points in the fourth quarter this season and just three against SEC opponents. That doesn't happen by accident. ...

As time goes on, Auburn's 17-14 win at Mississippi State looks better and better. ...

I wonder if all the national types who labeled the SEC a two-team league and then, after Alabama's blowout of Florida, a one-team league are just a little bit red-faced over the turn things have taken? Nah, probably not. ...

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