Nov. 24, 2010
AUBURN - The No. 2 Auburn football team held its final workout prior to Friday's game against Alabama with a 75-minute practice in helmets and shorts Wednesday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The workout gave the Tigers one final chance to practice against the scout team units in preparation for Friday's game against the Crimson Tide. The practice also included special teams drills as well as individual and position work.
The Tigers will hold meetings and a walk-through on Thursday morning before having a Thanksgiving meal together. The team will depart Auburn on Thursday afternoon.
Auburn (11-0, 7-0 SEC) will face its toughest road test of the season on Friday when the Tigers visit Bryant-Denny Stadium. No. 9 Alabama (9-2, 5-2 SEC) has won 20 consecutive home games and has allowed just 39 points in its six home contests this season.
During his weekly press conference on Monday, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said that the team is looking forward to the challenge and is excited about playing in the game.
"It's going to be a very exciting football game for our fans, and for our players and coaches," said Chizik. "This is the kind of game that you love to play in. This is what college football is all about. It's a great rivalry against obviously a great opponent, and it's going to be a good football game."
Auburn's offense, which leads the SEC in scoring offense, total offense and rushing offense, will face another stiff test against an Alabama squad that is ranked third nationally in scoring defense (12.8) and seventh in total defense (293.5). Mark Barron leads the defense with 71 tackles while Robert Lester's seven interceptions is tops in the SEC.
"They're giving up under 13 points a game, and in this league, that's unbelievable," said Chizik. "They're playing unbelievable defense again this year. When you're giving up that few points per game, obviously that's going to be a very formidable challenge for our offense."
The Alabama offense poses its own set of challenges. The Tide is third in the league in scoring offense (35.3) and fourth in total offense (434.6). Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, has scored 39 career touchdowns, which is just two short of the school record. Julio Jones is the top threat at wideout with 65 receptions, which is just two shy of the Alabama single-season record.
"They're really just a tremendous offense that is going to challenge us defensively again with great receivers," said Chizik. "They're very well-coached and they're hitting on all cylinders so it's going to obviously be a huge challenge for us."
Alabama holds a 40-33-1 lead in the series, but Auburn is 6-1 all-time in Tuscaloosa and 4-1 in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Friday's game between Auburn and Alabama will kick off at 1:30 p.m. CT and will be televised by CBS.