Nov. 7, 2007
With temperatures dipping below 45 degrees, the 17th-ranked Auburn Tigers spent a little more than an hour and a half inside Jordan-Hare Stadium Wednesday evening preparing for their Saturday game against the 10th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs.
The Tigers opened their practice with special teams drills. Auburn is allowing 20.7 yards per kick return this season, while the Bulldogs kick return unit is led by Asher Allen who is sixth in the Southeastern Conference with a 25.5 yards per kick return average.
"We had a nice, spirited practice today," Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We went into the stadium. Whenever we go in there, our guys have a good time. It's a change of atmosphere. They're looking forward to the game. We practiced a lot on the kicking game, obviously trying to do some things to help us out a bit in terms of mistakes we've been making."
The Tigers also spent a good portion of practicing on red zone scenarios. The Bulldogs lead the SEC in red zone offense, having scored 94 percent of the time they advanced inside the 20 yard line. Georgia has scored 24 touchdowns in 34 attempts.
"We worked a lot on red zone stuff," Tuberville added. "They are one of the better red zone teams. We haven't been as good of a red zone team as we'd like to be. We worked a lot on red zone offense and defense."
Auburn (7-3, 4-2 SEC) will visit Georgia (7-2, 4-2 SEC) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT in a game that will be nationally televised by CBS. The game marks the 111th meeting between Auburn and Georgia.
Georgia snapped a two-game Auburn winning streak in the series last year, but Auburn holds an 18-9 edge all-time in games played in Athens and has won six of its last seven at Sanford Stadium.
Auburn returns to the practice fields Thursday at 8:50 a.m.