Tuberville: Saturday Focus On Fun, Not Polls

Auburn, Ala.--With Auburn a heavy favorite this week as the Tigers play the Buffalo Bulls of the Mid-American Conference, how important is it for the Tigers to win impressively to gain support in the Top 25 polls?

For Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville, whose team is ranked second nationally by AP and third in the USA Today coaches poll, he says that his team respects Saturday's opponent and is hoping to see his team improve as the Tigers look to win their fourth straight game.

"I don't worry about that at all," he says when asked about the need to do it by a large margin. "I'm sure there are people (voters) who don't know much about us. Obviously, there are a few that don't. They'll look at the scores, but that is not what this program is about. We want to go out and play as best we can and we'll take one point (wins) every week and we'll go on with it.

"We are going to approach this game like it is going to be a hard fought game, which it will be," Auburn's coach adds. "It will be a good challenge. I know everyone is saying they are a new team and all that, but you have to prepare and you have to mentally be ready to play and go out and get it done."

After a 7-3 victory in an SEC showdown last Saturday vs. LSU, Tuberville says his team is not looking ahead to the next SEC game, which comes on the Thursday after the Tigers play Buffalo. Auburn will make an SEC road trip to South Carolina to play Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks.

The Tigers worked on Sunday and Tuesday preparing for the Bulls and will continue preparation for the MAC team with practices on Wednesday and Thursday. "We are not practicing for next week," Tuberville says. "We are not thinking about last week. We try to get our guys focused on this week."

Despite Buffalo being a low-profile opponent sandwiched between a pair of SEC games, Tuberville says there should be no motivation problems for his players for Saturday's 1:30 p.m. kickoff at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"Most of these guys, especially the older guys, understand that you only have so many opportunities to play," he says. "The only time it's really fun in college football is on Saturday. It's not during the summer, or two-a-days or spring practice or the weight-lifting. There is a lot of time and effort that goes into a season. You always look forward to playing and our guys look forward to playing this week."


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