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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

SOCCER

The soccer team hopes to keep its winning streak in conference play going as they're on the road to face Kentucky, tonight.

FOOTBALL

Oscar Whiskey pontificates on differences of opinion among fans and the Mississippi State game in this week's Whiskey Wednesday column.

Ryan Sterritt's ranking system is starting to get interesting, as we're in Week 5 of the season and Week 2 of the rankings. It'll be interesting to see how it plays out. Last year's two finalists were 1 & 2 in his final rankings, after all.

Gus Malzahn said he believes Kerryon Johnson is one of the best running backs in the SEC. It's hard to argue that, as he's currently on pace for well over 1,000 yards on the season if he continues running as he has.

Kevin Steele has lofty goals for this defense. As well as they've been playing, he's not happy with the turnover production. He wants the defense to get more takeaways.

Why is the defense so much better on 3rd downs this season than in the last two? The pass rush, that's why.

Sean White says he relishes going on the road and playing in a hostile environment. Given that his best two games last year were on the road at Kentucky and Arkansas, I'll believe him on this one.

Gabe Gross opines on the Mississippi State game and the ever evolving nature of a team's red zone offense. One thing that may become a bigger possibility is throwing to Jalen Harris in the red zone. That would work the first time or two just out of pure shock from the opposing defense.

David Wunderlich - former co-editor of the SB Nation SEC site Team Speed Kills - discusses the underclassmen production percentages and Malzahn's job security in an article for TodaysU.com. He talks about Malzahn's job security, but I'll be honest with you, I think Malzahn is safe at this point barring a monumental collapse. One reason is that there are just so many other big name jobs likely to come open at the end of this season.

The NCAA is considering some changes in college football. Among them are two early signing periods and adding a 10th on-field football assistant. I'm going to do something crazy and say I actually agree with Nick Saban that an early signing period even before a player plays his senior year of high school is a little nuts. I know it's done in basketball, but still. There's also no talk of releasing players if there is a coaching change.