This Saturday night, Auburn comes to Tiger Stadium with a 13-game SEC winning streak, looking to buck LSU home field success trend as the divisional opponents square off in a key football showdown.
LSU lost one home game in 2002, one in 2003, none in 2004 and one in 2005. Auburn hasn't won in Tiger Stadium since 1999, and to make things a bit tougher, Coach Tommy Tuberville's squad must travel to and from Baton Rouge on Saturday due to a shortage of hotel rooms in Baton Rouge.
Auburn receiver Devin Aromashodu sums up his last visit to Baton Rouge, a 31-7 loss, in two simple words. "Bad memories," the senior says. "Throwing stuff at the bus, we didn't have a Tiger Walk and we had to be escorted by police so it was real crazy. I hadn't ever seen anything like it."
Kickoff for Saturday's game is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. between the No. 15/16 Auburn Tigers and the No. 7 LSU Tigers.
Devin Aromashodu is a big-play threat for Auburn.
"It's at night time, too, so they've got all day to do whatever they're going to do to get crazy," Aromashodu adds. "I'd rather play them during the day. I'd just feel a little better playing during the day time."
Auburn senior noseguard Tommy Jackson says he doesn't mind the craziness involved with playing night games in Tiger Stadium just as long as his team comes home with a win.
"You get mooned, shaking the bus, throwing beer cans at your bus and seeing all kinds of signs that say stuff about your family," Jackson says. "It doesn't bother me because the game is played between the whistles on the football field.
"If we win they can moon me all they want to on the way back to Auburn," he adds. "That's the good thing about football. People get into this and that's really cool as long as every is safe."
What bothers Jackson more than the hostile fans will be the flight from Montgomery to Baton Rouge on Saturday. Going back to his freshman season, Jackson has developed a reputation among his teammates as a nervous flyer.
"That's all right man," he says. "It's a bus ride, or at least I'm going to try to look at it that way. I hate flying."
Tailback Kenny Irons wasn't on the Auburn squad the last time the Tigers traveled to LSU, but he did visit Tiger Stadium while playing for South Carolina. Irons says that he was not only watching the fans, but also Mike the Tiger, LSU's mascot who watches the game from a cage on the sidelines. Irons says the big cat is scary.
"Kenny is one of those guys...I don't know," says senior linebacker Travis Williams. "It won't scare me. Kenny probably tried to play with him thinking he was just going to play around with him and put his hand in the cage or something. That's the kind of guy Kenny is. I know my boundaries. I'm staying away from the cage."
Williams and the rest of his teammates will do their best to stay out of harm's way as Auburn (5-1 overall, 3-0 SEC) and LSU (4-1 overall, 3-1 SEC) jockey for position to earn a berth to the SEC Championship Game.