Tigers prep for ULM

AUBURN - The Auburn football team got its final practice of the week in on Thursday with a 70-minute session behind the Athletic Complex.

The Tigers worked against the scout team, polishing the game plan for Saturday's game against the University of Louisiana at Monroe Warhawks.

Auburn (4-0, 2-0 SEC) goes into the game ranked 10th in the Associated Press poll and 11th in the USA Today poll. The Warhawks enter the game with a 1-2 record with the lone win coming last week against Southeastern Louisiana, 21-20.

"We are looking forward to another great challenge this weekend," Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said during his weekly press conference. "It's going to be an early game, the first early game we've played at 11a.m., and we expect our fans to be out there and be loud and come support our team.

"We have to get better as a football team. That will be our focus this week and really worrying a lot about ourselves and the things that we're not very good at right now."

ULM has been very tough against the run this season, allowing just two rushing plays of 20 or more yards. The Warhawks have also held eight of their last 14 opponents to less than 100 yards rushing, including two of three opponents this season.

Auburn will be the second SEC team for ULM to face this season as the Warhawks played Arkansas in their season opener, losing 31-7 to the Razorbacks in Little Rock, Ark. ULM held Arkansas to just seven first-half points and limited the Razorbacks to just 99 yards rushing.

"They are a really good football team. They opened the year with Arkansas and really played Arkansas well," said Chizik. "They've got kind of a spread offense where they're moving the ball everywhere, a lot of quarterback runs, a lot of empty and putting the backs back into the backfield. They'll really spread you out and give you some things to work on.

"Defensively, it can get quite challenging because of the way they do their fronts with a three-down front and they're moving everywhere and different blitzes from all directions which can be very challenging as well."

Auburn goes into the game with the SEC's top-ranked rushing offense, averaging 278.0 yards per game, and is averaging 32.8 points per game. Defensively, junior defensive tackle Nick Fairley is first in the SEC in tackles-for-loss (2.13) and sacks (1.0). Auburn quarterback Cam Newton leads the SEC in passing efficiency (182.46) and rushing (121.3 yards).

A limited number of single-game tickets for the game versus the Warhawks are available. Tickets for the game are $40 and can be purchased online at www.aubtix.com or by calling 1-800-AUB-1957.

A limited number of Auburn football five-pack season ticket packages are also available for just $275. The package includes home games against ULM, Arkansas, LSU, Chattanooga and Georgia.

The five-pack special is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and can be purchased online at www.aubtix.com, via phone at 1-800-AUB-1957 or in person at the Auburn Ticket Office at the new Auburn Arena.

Auburn and ULM will kick off at 11 a.m. CT Saturday from Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game will be televised by ESPNU.