Nov. 30, 2010
Auburn, Ala. -
Heavy rain forced the second-ranked Auburn football team to split its practice Tuesday evening, with the offense working in the indoor facility while the defense watched film before both units flipped.
Despite the change, Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said the Tigers had a solid practice as they prepared for Saturday's Southeastern Conference Championship game against the South Carolina Gamecocks.
"It was pretty good for us (tonight)," Malzahn said. "It (Georgia Dome) is a loud place and we were able to turn on some noise indoors at practice and our guys really focused well. I think back to last week's Tuesday practice and this one was quite a bit better."
The Tigers' offense will face a South Carolina team that is ranked fifth in total defense in the SEC allowing 394.7 yards per game. The Gamecocks are the top-ranked rushing defense in the league, holding opponents to 93.2 yards per game. The Gamecocks have allowed just nine rushing touchdowns this season, which is second-lowest in the SEC.
"South Carolina has a very good defense," Malzahn said. "They fly around the ball. They are extremely fast and very physical up front. They have made a lot of good rushing teams look bad this year."
Auburn (12-0, 8-0 SEC), which is ranked No. 2 in the polls but No. 1 in the latest BCS standings, will be making its fourth appearance in the SEC Championship game, while South Carolina (9-3, 5-3 SEC) will be playing in the conference title game for the first time.
Saturday's game between Auburn and South Carolina will kick off at 3 p.m. CT from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and will be televised by CBS. Auburn fans are encouraged to wear orange to the game.