Ford Eager to Drive AU To Another Title Shot

Senior defensive end Dee Ford talks about his team and this week's Iron Bowl game.

Auburn, Ala.--Senior Dee Ford has played on an Auburn national championship team and he would like to have the opportunity to close his college career on another. However, before can happen the Tigers must take care of business on Saturday vs. archrival Alabama.

The Tigers are No. 4 in this week's BCS standings so if Auburn knocks off No. 1 Alabama then Auburn would have a chance to move into the national title game if either FSU?or Ohio State stumble.

Asked if he believes his Tigers could be a team of destiny this year with its dramatic turnaround from last year's disastrous 3-8 season, Ford said, "Definitely. We want to take advantage of that and not take this moment for granted.

"We definitely have an opportunity, and everything is falling into place," he said. "All we have to do is keep continuing to do what we have been doing."

What the Tigers have been doing has led to seven consecutive victories and a 10-1 overall record. Auburn is 6-1 in SEC play.

Alabama is 11-0 overall and 7-0 in the conference. If Auburn knocks off the visiting Tide on Saturday (2:30 p.m. CDT) at Jordan-Hare Stadium with the head-to-head victory the Tigers would advance to the league title game to play either Missouri or South Carolina.

Ford said he is eager to take the field on Saturday as the Tigers try to add to the biggest one-season turnaround in school history. He noted that it has been an exciting ride to see his team play so well his senior season.

"It is very fun--the environment at practice, in the weight room--everything is fun," he said. "Everything is fun when you're winning."

Dee Ford came to Auburn from St. Clair County High School.

Ford will be honored with the other seniors on Saturday in a pre-game ceremony. The defensive end made it clear that going out a winner vs. the Tide would mean a lot to him personally.

"It's very big," he said. "With it being my last one, it's definitely emotional for me, and I'm going to really lay it out there. Not that I don't every week, but just knowing that this is my last game in Jordan-Hare, I really have to lay it out there. With me being from Alabama of course, it's pretty big."

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