Sept. 10, 2008
The No. 9 Auburn football team continued preparing for its Southeastern Conference opener Saturday at Mississippi State with an 80 minute practice Wednesday afternoon in much cooler weather at the practice fields behind the Athletics Complex.
The Tigers began practice with special teams work before moving to individual and group drills. Much of the practice was also spent working against the scout teams before concluding with field goals.
Head coach Tommy Tuberville noted the excitement building as Auburn heads into Saturday's game against the Bulldogs. It marks firsts for many of the players, first game on the road, first SEC game and first game on national television.
"It was a good practice today, it was probably one of the better ones we've had," Tuberville said. "There was a lot of excitement among the guys. They're fired up to play in the SEC. It's been a long time since we've played an SEC game and there are a lot of young guys that are looking forward to it and looking forward to a road game. It's the first time we're going to be seen on national television, so it's a great time to come out of the chute."
The loss to Mississippi State last season snapped a six-game winning streak in the series for Auburn, which leads the all-time series 56-23-2. The Tigers have won their last three games in Starkville and are 5-0 when opening the SEC slate on the road under Tuberville.
It will also mark the first road game of the season for Auburn, which is tied for the fourth best road record in the NCAA since 2004 at 13-3 (.813).
The Tigers will return to the practice fields Thursday morning at 8:45 a.m. CT.
Auburn (2-0) and Mississippi State (1-1) will kick off Saturday at 6 p.m. CT in a game that will air nationally on ESPN2.