No. 8 Auburn (5-0, 2-0 SEC)at Kentucky (3-2, 0-2)
When: 7:30 p.m.
Radio: WLAP-AM 630, WBUL-FM 98.1
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Series: Auburn leads 24-6-1
Last meeting: Kentucky won 21-14 on Oct. 17, 2009, at Auburn, Ala.
Win the turnover battle
Kentucky has been bogged down by turnovers the past two weeks after playing mistake-free football the first three games. Turnovers helped turn the Florida game into a rout and also shifted momentum at Mississippi. The Cats need to do a better job of protecting the ball to have a chance against the Tigers. And since the Kentucky defense figures to have a hard time stopping Auburn, it wouldn't hurt to force a couple of turnovers, either.
Get Cobb loose
The legs of Randall Cobb played a pivotal role in UK's 21-14 win at Auburn last year — he ran for 109 yards and the game-winning touchdown with 3:14 remaining. UK hasn't gone to Cobb in the running game nearly as much this season, but Saturday night would be a good night to revisit it.
Tensions were high at practice this week, as Cobb expressed his frustration with losing. The Wildcats have had to start practically every game without a key defensive player because of a suspension. It's going to be hard enough for UK on the field. They need to make sure they're more focused and on the same page.
Midnight Madness is less than a week away. If the Kentucky football team wants to keep a good percentage of the fan base on board with basketball on the horizon, it needs to start winning games. The Cats were able to build momentum after winning at Auburn last year, but this Tigers squad is ranked eighth in the country and features a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender in Cam Newton. It's not necessarily a must-win game for the Cats, but the sooner they can stem the tide the better.