Auburn prepares for showdown with No. 12 South Carolina

AUBURN - The No. 17 Auburn football team continued to prepare for Saturday's showdown against No. 12 South Carolina in Jordan-Hare Stadium, working out for two hours Wednesday in shoulder pads and shorts at the Athletics Complex practice fields.

The Tigers worked on special teams to start practice, before moving to individual and position drills. Much of the rest of the practice focused on the offense and defense working against the scout teams, before the Tigers ended with a two-minute drill.

Following practice, head coach Gene Chizik stated that he was pleased with his team's effort, but that there were still areas where the Tigers need to get better in order to defeat South Carolina.

"We had another good practice today," said Chizik. "We've had two pretty sharp days. We have to improve in a lot of areas to be able to beat this team, but practice went well. Luckily we have another one tomorrow to continue to prepare, but I thought that for two nights in a row, practice went well and they were focused. I expect the same tomorrow."

Auburn (3-0, 1-0 SEC) is 3-0 for the third straight season, while South Carolina (3-0, 1-0 SEC) is undefeated after three games for the first time since 2007. The two teams have met just four times since South Carolina joined the SEC prior to the 1992 season, with Auburn winning all four games. However, this will be the first game between the two teams in which both teams are nationally ranked.

Saturday's game against South Carolina will kick off at 6:45 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by ESPN and ESPN 3D.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn University Athletics