Nov. 10, 2011
Auburn, Ala. - The No. 24/20 Auburn football team practiced for 70 minutes Thursday evening in the team's final practice before traveling to Athens to take on No. 14/15 Georgia this Saturday.
Practicing in shells, the Tigers touched on all phases of the game during Thursday's practice working on offensive, defensive and special teams situational drills.
During his weekly press conference, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik, noted the challenges Auburn will face going against a Bulldogs team that has won seven consecutive games.
"I think the biggest thing is you have a team that's won so many games in a row, and they are playing with a huge amount of confidence and they're getting better every week," Chizik said. "They're playing really well."
Auburn will face a Georgia offense that is ranked first in the Southeastern Conference in pass efficiency (154.9), second in pass offense (253.2 ypg) and third in total offense (428.8 ypg). The Bulldogs defense is third in the league in rushing, allowing just 91.1 yards per game.
Auburn holds an 18-11 advantage over Georgia in games played in Athens, but Chizik notes the Tigers will have to play well in every aspect of the game.
"The bottom line is we have to go in there and do the things that allow you to win on the road," Chizik said. "You can't have penalties, you can't have negative plays, we can't turn the ball over. We have to minimize any of the explosive plays from them offensively. Without question, they're (Georgia) playing as good of a football as I've seen them play in a long time. We have our challenges set in front of us and we're really looking forward to going out there and playing and having a lot of fun."
Auburn (6-3, 4-2 SEC) and Georgia (7-2, 5-1 SEC) kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday at Sanford Stadium. The game will be televised by CBS.
In the previous 114 meetings between the teams, Georgia has outscored Auburn by just 38 points (1,809 to 1,771). In the last 20 meetings in the series, the team that has won the turnover battle has posted a 13-2-1 record.