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"When we play well, we play really well. We've had a few weeks here where we haven't executed as well as we can and I think people see that. I think they see that we're so close on some things, but we're putting ourselves in bad situations and it's just hit-or-miss on a lot of things."
One big difference since Auburn's slide began has been turnovers. The Tigers had a plus-8 turnover ratio in the five wins, and minus-5 in the losses. They have also committed 25 penalties the past three games.
"We've got to do the things that we definitively know have not been allowing us to win games during the month of October," Chizik said. "When we went to Tennessee and beat Tennessee, that was a good football team. Very talented. What did we not do? We didn't get a lot of penalties and we didn't turn the ball over. Right? It's not a magic formula."
He said the team's response Sunday was "great." The Tigers studied film and held meetings instead of going through their normal short practice.
Chizik said getting those problems corrected is key to avoiding a repeat of last year.
"If we don't do it, we don't have a chance to win," he said. "Obviously it's something you guard against because of the scars from last year. We all know that. That's why everybody's asking the question. As I said to them, it's a different year, it's a new year and we've got to move on."
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