AUBURN, AL – The Auburn football team held its final practice
prior to Saturday's game against Clemson with a 90-minute workout in
shorts Thursday at the Athletics Complex practice fields.
The No. 16 Tigers went through all phases of their game plan Thursday,
primarily working against the scout teams while also conducting special
Auburn (2-0, 1-0 SEC) will be playing Clemson for the 47th time in the
history of the two schools, but the first time in a regular-season game
since 1971. The last two meetings took place in bowl games, with Auburn
winning both the 1998 Peach Bowl following the 1997 season and the 2007
Chick-fil-A Bowl. Auburn leads the all-time series 33-11-2 and has won
its last 13 contests against Clemson.
The Tigers enter the contest with a record of 20-4 (.833) since the 2000 season in home contests starting at 6 p.m. or later.
Clemson also enters the contest with a 2-0 record, earning victories
against North Texas (35-10) and Presbyterian (58-21). Clemson's 93
points in its first two games are the most by the Tigers since 2000 when
Clemson scored 100 points in the first two games. The Tigers outscored
their first two opponents by a combined score of 63-7 in the first half,
and have had nine touchdown drives of less than two minutes.
During his Tuesday press conference, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said
that the team was looking forward to playing Clemson.
"This is going to be a great week," said Chizik. "Our team is
excited, our coaches are excited, and it's going to be a great challenge
"It's going to be a great measuring stick in my opinion for where we
are moving forward, and getting ready for more conference play."
Saturday's game against Clemson will kick off at 6 p.m. CT. The game
will be televised by ESPN and ESPN 3D.
INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn University Athletics