The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


January 1, 2014

No. 2 Auburn arrives in California all business

— ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Gus Malzahn knows this is no ordinary bowl preparation, but No. 2 Auburn's coach said the big-game trappings won't distract his team.

The different scene was evident when the straight-laced Malzahn and players Reese Dismukes and Dee Ford posed for photos with Disney characters right after climbing off the team bus upon arriving in Southern California on Tuesday night.

The Tigers (12-1) are surprising participants in Monday night's BCS championship game with No. 1 Florida State at the Rose Bowl.

"I'll just say this about these guys," Malzahn said at Downtown Disney's ESPN Zone. "They've found a way to stay focused and get prepared each week, no matter who we were playing, whether we were playing Alabama or a Division I-AA team.

"This group has been extremely focused. They've worked hard. They've acted exactly the same way in practice. There's no doubt in my mind that we're not going to be distracted."

The Tigers are trying to keep the businesslike approach that has led to nine straight wins, even if a couple of them were settled in extraordinary fashion.

Auburn rode last-gasp wins over Alabama and Georgia and an overpowering SEC championship game against Missouri into the matchup with Florida State.

Now, the Tigers say they're intent on just going to work ahead of the biggest one of them all.

"Just taking the experience and enjoying everything that's going on," said Dismukes, an offensive lineman who seemed mostly bemused by the Disney to-do. "When it's time to go to work, you've got to go to work."

Senior defensive end Dee Ford wants to savor the experience — and finish his career with a win.

Text Only

Do you think Athens-Limestone County is better prepared than in April 2011 to provide shelter from a major tornado?

     View Results
AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee