Posted: Oct 22, 2010 12:30 PM
Updated: Oct 22, 2010 12:30 PM
Source: Associated Press
Lucky, plucky or just plain good?
Fifth-ranked Auburn and No. 6 LSU are the Southeastern Conference's survivors, winning with gutsy comebacks and playcalling, and even being on the right side of officiating rulings.
Neither team has been perfect, but their records remain so at least until after Saturday's latest SEC game of the year at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
"I wouldn't necessarily say there's a lucky undefeated team because there's nothing lucky about wins in the SEC," LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson said. "You get them or you don't."
Indeed, the league that has produced the last four national champions will only have one remaining unbeaten by dinnertime Saturday.
Both Tigers are 7-0 with four SEC wins.
Auburn has reached this point behind quarterback Cam Newton, perhaps the Heisman Trophy front-runner, and three comeback victories.
Newton's Tigers also had two touchdowns survive replay reviews in last weekend's 65-43 shootout with Arkansas.
LSU has thrived behind the SEC's top defense and the running of Stevan Ridley.
Not to mention a fortuitous bounce on a fake field goal called by coach Les Miles against Florida and that infamous second-chance touchdown against Tennessee.
"That says they must be a close team like we are if they've been winning like we have," Auburn left tackle Lee Ziemba said. "They must be as willing to fight for each other as the guys are
here. It's a testament to the guys they have there and the coaches."
Maybe both teams are lucky, plucky and good.