Oct. 21, 2009
Auburn, Ala. -
The Auburn football team practiced for just under two hours in cool temperatures Wednesday evening as they continued preparations for Saturday's game against the ninth-ranked LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge.
Tigers' head coach Gene Chizik said the players showed a lot of energy during Wednesday's practice session and have worked hard to ready themselves for Saturday's game.
"I thought we had a good day today," Chizik said. "It was really upbeat and I thought we were really focused. It was pretty mistake-free. I think we're on track to get better."
Auburn enters Saturday's game trailing in the all-time series, with LSU owning a 23-19-1 record. LSU has won the past two meetings against Auburn and has not lost at home in the series since 1999. LSU is 13-5-1 overall against Auburn in Baton Rouge.
LSU enters Saturday's game allowing just 14.5 points per game, the fourth-best mark in the Southeastern Conference and 14th-best in the NCAA. Auburn is averaging 34.9 points per game on offense, second-best in the SEC and 12th-best in the NCAA.
Chizik noted LSU's overall athleticism as one of the reasons for their success this season.
"You can't help but notice how athletic they are everywhere on the team," Chizik said. "Doesn't matter if you are talking about the secondary, the defensive line, their receivers or their cover teams, they have a ton of speed and great athletes. They are very physical and a very good football team."
Auburn (5-2, 2-2 SEC) and No. 9/10 LSU (5-1, 3-1 SEC) kickoff at 6:30 p.m. CT, Saturday, Oct. 24, from Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. The game will be carried nationally by ESPN2.