Focus For Auburn On Tech, Not SEC Race

Auburn, Ala.--Off to a 3-0 start in Southeastern Conference, Auburn is the only undefeated team in the SEC West and the Tigers have put themselves in great position to challenge for the divisional title. However, Coach <!--Default NodeId For Tommy Tuberville is 398268,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:398268]>Tommy Tuberville</A> says his football team isn't worried about that right now.

"I haven't even looked at (the standings)," Tuberville says. "We've got a non-conference game this week, then we've got a few conference games--the next five after Louisiana Tech so we've got our hands full. We won't even talk about any kind of scenarios. We just want our guys to concentrate on next week and take it one at a time."

The Tigers, fresh off a 34-10 victory at Tennessee, go into Saturday's 2:30 p.m. homecoming game vs. Louisiana Tech ranked sixth nationally. At 3-0 in the SEC, Auburn is the only undefeated team in the West. In the league, Arkansas is 1-1, Ole Miss is 1-1, Alabama is 1-2, LSU is 1-2 and Mississippi State is 0-3.

Junior Rosegreen, Auburn's senior safety, cradles the football after the third of his four interceptions vs. Tennessee.

Overall, the Tigers have five wins. The last two times Auburn started 5-0, in 1997 and 2000, the Tigers made it to the SEC Championship game.

With Georgia the only ranked team remaining on the schedule, Auburn has a solid chance of getting to Atlanta, but Tuberville says the team is focused on Louisiana Tech.

"We've already had our talk with our seniors and our team and there wasn't really any talk about it," he notes. "They were all excited about the (Tennessee) game and looking forward to playing this week, and that is what's good about this team. They're pretty level headed and they understand what they have to do.

"We have a good senior leadership group that understands that this thing could turn on you in a matter of days. We just want to have fun, enjoy what we're doing and try to get better each week."


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