Phillip's blog: Ramblin' around on Friday mor

In the 18 Auburn games I've covered with Gene Chizik as head coach, I don't think I've heard him build up another opponent as much as he has Kentucky. Either he believes the Wildcats are potential champions or he is trying to make sure his team is focused and ready. I suspect it's the latter. ...

Phillip Marshall, senior editor, AuburnUndercover.com

I'll admit it. I hope Mario Fannin stays healthy and goes on to have a big senior year. He's been a class act since he arried as a freshman. ...

LSU coach Les Miles is catching it from every direction because of the confusion in the final seconds of last Saturday's game. Tennessee had 13 players on the field and lost the game because of it, yet there has been scarcely a discouraging word about first-year coach Derek Dooley. Strange. ...

If Georgia doesn't beat Tennessee at home on Saturday, its season will officially be a full-blown disaster. ...

It's hard to say when things changed, but the SEC West has claimed superiority over the East. Sop far this season West Division teams have gone 7-1 against the East. Ironically, the only East Division with a win over a West Division team is Vanderbilt, which upset Ole Miss 28-14 in Oxford. ...

Recruiting ace Bryan Matthews will take an indepth look next week at Delaware defensive tackle Angelo Blackson, who is committed to the Tigers. You won't want to miss it. ...

Next Friday's grand opening of the new Auburn Arena is sold out except for a few student tickets. ...

"Four-pack" season tickets are still available for the football team's final four home games. By contrast, Georgia has sold out 60 consecutive games, including the ones against the Louisiana-Lafayettes of the world. I'm not sure what to make of that. ...

I'm heading for Kentucky this morning. I'll check in after I arrive.

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