AUBURN - The No. 3 Auburn football team held its final practice prior to Saturday's game at Ole Miss 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 Rebels. The Tigers also worked on special teams and conducted some position drills early in the workout.
Auburn (8-0, 5-0 SEC) will depart for Oxford, Miss., Friday for its third road trip of the season. The Tigers are 25-9 all-time against Ole Miss and hold an 8-2 advantage when playing in Oxford. Auburn has won five of the last six meetings with the SEC West rival, and have won seven of the last eight when playing at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium
Ole Miss (3-4, 1-3 SEC) returns home for the meeting with the Tigers after spending the last two weeks on the road. The Rebels lost 38-24 at Arkansas last week and 23-10 at Alabama the week before. The last home game for Ole Miss was a 42-35 win over Kentucky on Oct. 2. In all, the Rebels are 2-2 at home with wins over UK and Fresno State, while taking losses against FCS member Jacksonville State and Vanderbilt.
During his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik stated that his squad will have a difficult chore in playing at Ole Miss.
"We have our work cut out for us, it is another great challenge again for us on the road," said Chizik. "I was going back and looking at the game film from last week and really trying to go back through that very thoroughly. We certainly have a lot of room to improve in a lot of different places.
"We need to continue on that track if we're going to be able to come out of Oxford with a win which is going to be very difficult. We are going to have to play very well to be able to do that."
The Rebels enter the game ranked fifth in the SEC in total offense with 410.3 yards per game. Ole Miss has also scored 220 points so far this season, a mark that ranks it sixth in the SEC despite being a school record for points scored through seven games.
Leading the offense is transfer quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who is averaging 180.0 yards per game passing and 57.1 yards rushing. He has 96 completions on 170 attempts this season with six interceptions and 10 touchdowns. Brandon Bolden leads the team in receptions (19) and rushing yards per game (79.9) while Markeith Summers averages 51.3 receiving yards per game.
Defensively, the Rebels are 10th in the league in total defense, allowing 370.6 yards per game. While Ole Miss gives up only 125.0 yards per game on the ground, teams are throwing for 245.6 yards per game against the Rebels. Jonathan Cornell leads the team with 51 total tackles on the season with 9.5 for loss and 3.5 sacks.
Saturday's game between Auburn and Ole Miss will kick off at 5 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by ESPN2.