Oct. 13, 2011
Auburn, Ala. -
The No. 24 Auburn football team practiced for 70 minutes Thursday even in the team's final practice before taking on the Florida Gators this Saturday.
The Tigers worked on all phases of the game plan Thursday, touching on offensive, defensive and special team's situations.
The series has been tight in recent history with the last four games between the Tigers and Gators decided in the final minute of the game. Five of Auburn's last six wins in the series have been by three points or less.
During his weekly press conference, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik noted that the Gators will provide a tough test for the Tigers.
"Huge challenge, huge challenge for us defensively," Chizik said. "They are very talented. There is speed everywhere. They've got a lot of flexibility in what they do offensively. On the defensive side of the ball, they are physical. It ought to be a great SEC match up, and we're really looking forward to it."
Auburn will face a Florida defense that is ranked third in Southeastern Conference in scoring with opponents averaging only 19.2 points per game, and fifth in rushing defense (115.0 ypg). Auburn enters the game with the third best rushing offense in the SEC, averaging 204.0 per game.
Saturday's game is Florida's first visit to Jordan-Hare Stadium since 2006. The Tigers are 25-8-1 all-time against Florida in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Auburn (4-2, 2-1 SEC) and Florida (4-2, 2-2 SEC) will kickoff at 6 p.m. CT Saturday from Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game will be televised by ESPN.