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Monday, September 14, 2009

Lunchtime links: Monday edition (9/14)

We'll start with some West Virginia links and move on from there ...
  • West Virginia wasn't perfect in its 35-20 win against East Carolina last weekend, but it got the win, writes Mitch Vingle of the Charleston Gazette.
  • Williams and DL Scooter Berry are a little banged up, writes Dave Hickman of the Charleston Gazette in this notebook.
  • In that same notebook, he also had good words about Gus Malzahn (although he seems to have the same problem that I do in that he types "Guz" when trying to spell "Gus" all the time): "Malzahn is working his magic again. Facing the same Mississippi State team it infamously beat 3-2 a year earlier, Auburn racked up 589 yards -- including a staggering 390 on the ground -- in a 49-24 win. Under the direction of the former Arkansas and Tulsa offensive coordinator, the Tigers currently rank fourth nationally in total offense, up 100 spots from 2008."
Elsewhere ...
  • Auburn continues to gain votes in the polls. The Tigers got 26 votes in the Associated Press poll this week, up from four last week. And they got 30 votes in the USA Today/Coaches Poll, up from 13. They'd be No. 33 in the AP poll and No. 31 in the coaches poll.
  • Interestingly, ESPN College Gameday's Kirk Herbstreit has Auburn ranked the highest of anybody, at No. 17 on his ballot. If the Tigers beat West Virginia this Saturday, I can see them getting into the polls for real.
  • Auburn moved to seventh in ESPN.com blogger Chris Low's SEC power rankings, just ahead of South Carolina and behind Georgia.
  • Is Auburn gaining some respect nationally? ESPN's Mark Schlabach has the Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Miami in his bowl projections. Bruce Feldman still has them in the Independence Bowl against Baylor.
  • For the record, that Ball State game in Week 4 is not shaping up to be a tough one for Auburn. The Cardinals might be the first team to go from 12-0 in the regular season to 0-12.
  • The best line of the week? Florida by 28.5 over Tennessee. Yikes. Can't imagine Urban Meyer calling off the dogs after Kiffin's offseason remarks. Don't let his demeanor fool you. He's a spiteful one. Remember the multiple timeouts at the end of last year's Georgia game?

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