Tigers Turn Their Attention to ACC Opponent

An old rivalry will resume this week when Auburn and Clemson tangle at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Auburn, Ala.--After taking two days off from workouts following their SEC opening victory at Mississippi State, Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers will be back on the practice field on Sunday evening beginning preparations for game three vs. Clemson.

Auburn, 17-14 winners at Mississippi State, will be looking to improve its record to 3-0. Clemson is 2-0 also with home victories over North Texas (35-10) and Presbyterian (58-21).

Coach Dabo Swinney pulled his starters early on Saturday against the outmatched Blue Hose of Presbyterian, a team that trailed 42-0 at halftime.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is familiar with Auburn as a former University of Alabama player and coach..

Saturday's matchup between the Tigers of the SEC and the Tigers of the ACC will be televised at 6:30 p.m. CDT from Jordan-Hare Stadium. Earlier in the day the ESPN GameDay crew will be on the campus for its college football show that will air live from 8-9 a.m. on ESPNU and from 9-11 a.m. on ESPN. The show was last at Auburn for the 2009 LSU at AU contest.

Auburn coach Gene Chizik said he liked how physical and hard his team played defensively in the victory over Mississippi State. "I was proud to see that," he said.

Auburn held the Bulldogs to 117 rushing yards and 129 through the air.

Offensively, the Tigers gained 190 yards on the ground and 158 through the air. Chizik said the Tigers need to reduce their mistakes when they have the football. Two potential touchdown drives vs. Mississippi State were stopped by penalties and another one by an interception. "We have a long way to go and we are not happy where we are at," Chizik said.

Running backs coach Curtis Luper said the Tigers will be concentrating on becoming better at running the football with the tailbacks. Quarterback Cameron Newton has been the number one running threat in the first two games. He netted 171 on the ground in the opener vs. Arkansas State and finished with 70 yards on 18 carries vs. Mississippi State.

Luper said that freshman Michael Dyer may carry a bigger load in coming games after running the football nine times for 48 yards vs. Mississippi State. Dyer gained 95 in the opener. Onterio McCalebb rushed for 68 yards on 12 carries vs. Mississippi State despite having trouble keeping his balance and Mario Fannin was limited to six yards on five carries after having a long run called back by a penalty.

Auburn freshman Michael Dyer is averaging 6.2 yards per carry.

"We'll get better," Luper said. "We've got to get better quickly because Clemson will be in town."

Saturday's game will be the first regular season meeting between Auburn and Clemson since Auburn won 35-13 in 1971. Auburn leads the overall series 33-11-2 with the last two victories coming in bowl games played in Atlanta and the first coming in Auburn in 1899. The Tigers defeated Clemson 21-17 on Jan. 2, 1998 at the Peach Bowl and 23-20 at the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31, 2007.

Auburn comes into the game ranked 15th nationally in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll, up five spots from the previous week.

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