Dec. 29, 2007
The No. 22 Auburn football team wrapped up its preparations for the 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl with a 90-minute practice Saturday morning at the Georgia Dome. The Tigers will battle No. 15 Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl Monday evening.
Head coach Tommy Tuberville referred to the practice as a walk-through, as the Tigers lightened their load while taking steps to prepare for Monday's game.
"We worked on sideline substitutions and all the little things that it takes to get ready for the game," said Tuberville. "We worked on all phases of the kicking game, offense and defense. We wanted to get our legs back under us, and now it's time to get guys rested and ready to go."
It was Auburn's second practice in the Georgia Dome, which is the site of the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Tigers held their first two practices of the week at the Georgia Tech practice fields.
In the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Auburn's defense will have its hands full trying to slow down Clemson, which finished the regular season 9-3 overall and 5-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Clemson led the ACC in scoring offense (34.2) with a balanced offensive attack that averages 253.6 yards passing per game and 158.8 yards rushing per contest.
Both teams have standout defenses, as Auburn's defense ranks sixth nationally in scoring defense (16.7) and eighth in total defense (298.3). Clemson, meanwhile, is ranked sixth nationally in total defense (297.1) and 10th in scoring defense (18.3).
The 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be nationally televised by ESPN.