Auburn Tigers have 'point to prove'

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As much as a win Thursday could benefit Kentucky, a loss would be devastating for Gus Malzahn and Auburn. You can bet that Rupp will be loud when either of them score in this preseason game.

There are a lot of comparisons between the two teams to this point. They really are. We feel confident with whoever coach (Malzahn) chooses to make the starting quarterback, but we've played with both of them so we've got a feel for both. Maybe it can even get back in the SEC race. He missed the Eastern Kentucky game while dealing with what the Kentucky program are just calling "personal issues" but is back atop the depth chart in time for him to start vs. Auburn. He was a very good coach as a coordinator.

And if Auburn's defense hasn't taken any steps forward in 2015, its offense has definitely been knocked backward to an unforeseen position. PUMPED! This team will not lack on the offensive end at all.

Malzahn said Monday he's not ready to announce a choice between Sean White and Jeremy Johnson for the starting job in Thursday night's visit to Kentucky.

Other than Anthony Davis' commercials this off season, there really hasn't been much news from those four players to report, except the one story that came out about Willie last week. "[He] melted the clock with several first-down runs in the 31-24 victory against Louisville..." The year before, Kentucky had actually gone in to Auburn and beaten the Tigers to the tune of 21-14.

Through five games, Kentucky's defense is surrendering 20.5 fewer rushing yards per game than it did in 2014, but Auburn should represent the most hard test to date for the run defense.

Kentucky seeks a second straight 5-1 start and enters its first Thursday night home game at Commonwealth Stadium with a two-game winning streak.

War Eagle, everybody! Tonight, the Tigers have traveled northward to Lexington, Kentucky to take on the Kentucky Wildcats in a Thursday evening special edition. "Nobody told me that we changed the schedule".

Hear from head coach Mark Stoops in the video. It would be ridiculous to hit the reset button again, especially after sinking all that money into Muschamp.

That being said, none of the Auburn quarterbacks compare to Patrick Towles, particularly if he plays well. Sean White is completing 68.4 percent of his passes for 296 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. According to an article by Bleacher Report Auburn's bowl hopes may very well rest on this upcoming Kentucky game, which should make for a very tough, competitive game. That ranks them dead last in the SEC.

Auburn is fighting for any remaining hopes it has to maintain its relevance in the SEC for the remainder of the season, while Kentucky is trying to create separation between itself and the teams trailing the Wildcats in the SEC East.