Sept. 6, 2011
Auburn, Ala. - The 22nd-ranked Auburn football team went through a two hour practice Tuesday evening in preparation for Saturday's Southeastern Conference opener against No. 16/17 Mississippi State.
Auburn split its practice time Tuesday, working the first half on the outdoor practice fields in an occasional drizzle, and the last half inside the indoor facility.
Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said the Tigers had a positive practice Tuesday.
"We had a good 24-period practice tonight," Malzahn said. "We got a lot done. We really went to work. It was a very physical practice. It was good to see that."
In preparing for this Saturday's game against the Bulldogs, Malzahn noted the Tigers will see several familiar faces when the teams line up.
"They are a very good defense," Malzahn said. "A lot of those guys they have up front and in the secondary we have been playing the last three years. They are an experienced group. They are very physical and very fast. It will definitely be a challenge for us."
Mississippi State comes into the game after defeating Memphis 59-14 in its season opener Sept. 1. Saturday's game will be the first time since 2000 the Tigers and Bulldogs have met with both teams ranked in the top 25.
That year, Auburn was No. 15 in the Associated Press poll and No. 13 in the USA Today Coaches' poll and Mississippi State was 20th in both polls. Mississippi State won that game 17-10 in Starkville.
Auburn and Mississippi State will kickoff at 11:21 a.m. CT Saturday from Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game will be televised by the SEC Network.
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