Auburn 'locked in' on Tennessee during week of off-the-field distractions

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn talks to his team during a timeout in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn talks to his team during a timeout in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

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AUBURN, Alabama - Gus Malzahn is not worried about his team being distracted this week.

There's plenty at stake for BCS No. 9 Auburn (8-1, 4-1 SEC) when it travels to Tennessee (4-5, 1-4) for an 11 a.m. kickoff Saturday on ESPN, but there certainly hasn't been a shortage of off-the-field distractions.

A loss would derail the Tigers' goal for winning an SEC West championship, which it can still reach by winning out this season.

"You know, that is a challenge sometimes, but this year has been quite a bit different," Malzahn said. "Our guys have been extremely locked in this week and that's been very encouraging to me. There's been good intensity, there's been good leadership. That's usually a good sign."

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BrassMonkey writes:

If they show up as unprepared as they did the last 2 weeks Auburn will have a cake walk at Neyland. After all on of the saddest stats I can think of is that we haven't beaten Auburn since 1999. Chew on that.

TommyJack writes:

We, monkey? You wormy?

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