Auburn holds final practice before Wildcat face-off

AUBURN – The No. 8 Auburn football team held its final practice prior to Saturday's game at Kentucky with a 75-minute workout Thursday at the practice fields behind the Athletics Complex.

The practice, which was in shells and shorts, gave the Tigers one more chance to work against the scout team units to prepare for the Wildcats.

The Tigers also worked on special teams and conducted some position drills early in the workout.

Auburn (5-0, 2-0 SEC) will depart for Kentucky Friday as the Tigers will make their first trip to Lexington since 2005. Auburn has not lost at Kentucky since 1966, winning in its last seven trips. However, the Wildcats won in Jordan-Hare Stadium last season, 21-14, snapping Auburn's 15-game winning streak in the series.

Kentucky (3-2, 0-2 SEC) will be playing an SEC game at home for the first time this season after suffering losses at Florida and Ole Miss the past two weeks. The Wildcats won three straight home games against non-conference foes to open the season.

During his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik stated that his squad will have a difficult chore in playing Kentucky.

"Kentucky is an extremely tough football team and we obviously found that out last year when they came in here and beat us," said Chizik.

"Just looking at them on film, I'm very impressed. They're a very physical football team and offensively, they're extremely explosive as you would imagine. Defensively, they're very aggressive and very sound as they were last year.

"We have our work cut out for us. It's going to be a tough game for us to go into their stadium and win, but we're looking forward to it and it ought to be a lot of fun."

The Wildcats enter the game ranked second in the SEC in passing offense

(263.8) and fourth in total offense (453.6), and have allowed an SEC-low two quarterback sacks this season.

Kentucky boasts two of the top all-around offensive skill players in the league, as Derrick Locke leads the SEC in all-purpose yards (181.4) and is second in rushing (108.6), while Randall Cobb is third in all-purpose yards (158.8) and tied for third in receptions (5.0).

Defensively, the Wildcats lead the SEC in pass defense, allowing just

141.8 yards per game. Rushing defense has been their Achilles' heel, ranking 11th in the league (166.2). Linebacker Danny Trevathan leads the team in tackles (42) and tackles for loss (8.0).

Saturday's game between Auburn and Kentucky will kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by ESPN2.