AU's defense overlooked but still tough

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - The Auburn defense has been frequently overshadowed by talk of the new offense. But the first two games have demonstrated that the ninth-ranked Tigers remain formidable on the defensive side of the ball.

Auburn didn't allow a point this season until late in the third quarter of Game 2 against Southern Miss, which managed just 37 yards rushing. Before that, Auburn shut out Louisiana-Monroe, which scored 27 against Arkansas a week later.

Coach Tommy Tuberville said this group is ahead of the defense at this point last year. That group ranked sixth nationally in total yards allowed. He said they are playing with an attitude. Auburn opens Southeastern Conference play Saturday night at Mississippi State.

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