Auburn Football 2011: October: The Tigers Have 1 Win and 3 Tough Games to Go

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Auburn Football 2011: October: The Tigers Have 1 Win and 3 Tough Games to Go
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In their inimitable fashion, the Auburn Tigers started down their tough October road with an upset win over the South Carolina Gamecocks 16-13.

Although it wasn't pretty, that win impressed the sportswriters enough to propel them from obscurity to the No. 15 spot in the AP Top 25 Poll.

From their rocky start against Utah State and through the loss to Clemson, the Tigers have shown refinements to both offense and defense, with evident coaching and practices that have improved both lines, the secondary, ball control and game management in general.  Special Teams continue to shine as they have all season.

However, the degree of difficulty only gets tougher with next three games this month.

One of the keys seems to be that the players are ignoring the nay-sayers who repeatedly downplay the Tigers' abilities. The team just isn't buying it.

Arkansas, Florida and the ultimate game with No. 1 LSU lay out the goals very clearly and a combination of customized game plans and consequences of their opponents' games, are laying out a story line that changes and only gets more interesting as the each weekend passes.  

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