AUBURN – The No. 21/19 Auburn football team practiced for 70 minutes Thursday in its' final practice before traveling to Clemson for the first road game of the season
The Tigers hit on all phases of the game plan Thursday as they prepare for a Clemson (2-0) team that took Auburn into overtime last season.
During his Tuesday press conference, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said his team knows the physical challenge it will face this Saturday in Clemson.
"The game last year really opened our eyes to what playing physical football is and what it looks like," Chizik said. "You know they're bringing back four of their five guys that they had last year on both sides of the ball. We know it's going to be a very physical battle. We know our guys will be very aware of what they're going to face when they go out there."
Clemson is averaging 472 yards of offense and 39 points per game so far this year. Last week, quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-27 victory against Wofford.
As Auburn prepares for its first road game of the 2011 season, Chizik leads the Tigers into a familiar venue in Clemson's Memorial Stadium. Chizik began his collegiate coaching career at Clemson, serving as a defensive graduate assistant working with linebackers from 1988-89. Clemson posted a 20-4 record in Chizik's two years with the program.
"We are getting to play a very good football team in Clemson," Chizik said. "It's going to be really interesting with a very young team, taking them on the road for the first time in a really exciting venue to play in as well. Our goal is to get better every week and we're certainly going to have to do that to have a chance to win this Saturday in a very, very tough place to play."