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Phillip's blog: Tigers set sights on winning

OXFORD, Miss. - Cam Newton didn't know who the Ole Miss assistant was, but he liked what he said.

Phillip Marshall, Senior Editor,

As the players and coaches met on the field after Auburn's 51-31 victory on Saturday night at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Newton and the coach made eye contact.

"Go win the whole thing," the coach told him. Newton wasn't close enough to answer, but he knew what he said. Though Newton, who surely has all but ended the race for the Heisman Trophy, doesn't like to talk about anything beyond the next game, that certainly is what he wants.

Newton nodded to the coach and ran with his teammates to celebrate with Auburn fans. The players on this Auburn team, now 9-0 and 6-0 in the SEC, are having the time of their lives. They work, they prepare, they play and they celebrate. So it has been since the first Saturday in September.

I believed last summer that this Auburn team would be good. I didn't believe it would be great. But greatness and even more than that is within it's grasp.

In five straight SEC games, these Tigers have rushed for more than 300 yards. That's never happened at Auburn before, I wonder if it's ever happened at any school before.

People wondered what would happen when some team slowed down Newton's running. they saw Saturday night. A myriad of other players beat Ole Miss into submission.

Auburn will be 10-0 after Saturday's homecoming game against Chattanooga, with ancient rivals Georgia and Alabama remaining.

I don't know what will happen in those games, but I know the players on this Auburn football team expects to win them,. And I won't be surprised if they do.

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