Oct. 21, 2010
Auburn, Ala. - The fifth-ranked Auburn football team practiced for 75 minutes Thursday evening as the Tigers put the finishing touches on their game plan for LSU. Auburn worked against the scout teams, practicing all phases of the game.
LSU brings one the league's top-rated defenses into Auburn this Saturday. LSU is allowing only 14.4 points per game which is second-best in the Southeastern Conference. LSU has registered 21 sacks, matching its season total from a year ago. Defensive tackle Drake Nevis leads the LSU Tigers and ranks second in the SEC with 5.0 sacks to his credit, while linebacker Ryan Baker follows with 4.0 sacks.
"They have a great defense, there's no question about that," Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said at his Tuesday press conference. "They're at the top in just about every category you can get defensively. Really and truly, it's going to come down to who is executing with the least amount of mistakes and penalties. That's what it's going to come down to in my opinion, and obviously turnovers are an issue in there."
Auburn has a turnover margin of +8 (12 takeaways/4 giveaways) in its last four games, forcing eight turnovers in the fourth quarter in the last four contests.
LSU junior running back Stevan Ridley leads the SEC in carries with 140 and is averaging 98.0 yards per game, second-best in the SEC. As a team, LSU is averaging 188.3 yards per game which is four-best in the league.
"I think he (Ridley) brings a physical style of play to the game that obviously, in this league, if you're rushing for almost 100 yards per game, you're doing something physically right," Chizik said. "It starts at the point of attack with those guys up front. He certainly is willing to hit that thing downhill and he has great vision and makes really good cuts, too. He's a very good all-around back and plays in very well with what they do upfront."
Fifth-ranked Auburn (7-0, 4-0 SEC) faces the No. 6 LSU Tigers (7-0, 4-0 SEC) this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Jordan- Hare Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by CBS.
CBS College Sports Network will host its weekly SEC Tailgate Show from 1-2 p.m. CT outside Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday for the Auburn-LSU game. Auburn fans are invited to the show's broadcast site on the Campus Green east of Jordan-Hare Stadium, adjacent to the Heisman Drive parking deck.
The show's 2010 personalities include Dave Baker, Lauren Shehadi and Deuce McAllister. The SEC Tailgate show captures all the excitement, traditions and festivities from the various campuses and stadiums across the SEC, as well as previews the match-ups, providing highlights and news from games in-progress.