Malzahn talks practice, this week's LSU game

AUBURN – The No. 5 Auburn football team continued to prepare for Saturday's SEC showdown against No. 6 LSU with a two-hour practice in full pads Tuesday at the Athletics Complex practice fields.

After opening with special teams work, the Tigers conducted individual and position drills. Much of the rest of the workout saw the Tigers practicing against the scout teams, until the offense and defense came together to work against each other for the final periods.

Following practice, offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn spoke about the challenge of facing an LSU defense that ranks third nationally in total defense (242.1), sixth in rushing defense (83.6), eighth in pass defense

(158.6) and 11th in scoring defense (14.4), leading the SEC in all but scoring defense.

"They are extremely talented," said Malzahn. "They have a lot of speed. This is the most talented defense that we've seen – there's no doubt about it."

Malzahn also praised LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, who was named to numerous preseason All-America teams.

"He's maybe the best in the country," said Malzahn. "He's extremely talented. He's got great ball skills, he's a good tackler and he has good instincts. He's a great player."

Auburn will be looking for its first victory over LSU since 2006, although LSU's victory in its last trip to Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2008 marked the only time in the last 10 meetings that the road team won.

Saturday's game between Auburn (7-0, 4-0 SEC) and LSU (7-0, 4-0 SEC) will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by CBS.

CBS College Sports Network will host its weekly SEC Tailgate Show from

1-2 p.m. CT outside Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday for the Auburn-LSU game. Auburn fans are invited to the show's broadcast site on the Campus Green east of Jordan-Hare Stadium, adjacent to the Hesiman Drive parking deck.

The show's 2010 personalities include Dave Baker, Lauren Shehadi and Deuce McAllister. The SEC Tailgate show captures all the excitement, traditions and festivities from the various campuses and stadiums across the SEC, as well as previews the match-ups, providing highlights and news from games in-progress.