Make or Break Time for Tigers

Auburn, Ala.--Through 10 games the Auburn Tigers sit at 9-1 overall, 5-1 in the SEC and ranked fifth in the polls. However, to many of the fans and players the next two games will dictate whether or not the Tigers had a successful season.

For Georgia, the opportunity to have a season its fans and players had hoped for has already slipped out of reach. At 6-4 overall and 3-4 in conference, the Bulldogs have lost four of their last five games including last minute defeats at the hands of Vanderbilt and Kentucky.

"It makes no difference on how they've played," says Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville. "There are a lot of players on our team from Georgia. This is always a good rival game and players play hard against each other.

"We were very fortunate last year to have won the game with Georgia going ahead and winning the SEC Championship," he adds. "It was a hard fought game and this won't be any different. We won't have any let down from our guys. They'll be ready to play and so will Georgia."

Auburn leads the overall series with Georgia 53-48-8 and is 5-2 against the Bulldogs under Tuberville.

With Florida having already wrapped up a spot in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 2, Georgia will be fighting for bragging rights in its final two games against Auburn and Georgia Tech as well as hoping to improve its bowl status.

For Auburn to get to Atlanta it must win its final two contests and hope that Arkansas loses two of its last three games against Tennessee, Mississippi State and LSU. With Auburn's biggest game of the year coming up on Nov. 18, Tuberville says that his team must stay focused on what they need to do this weekend rather than worry about the next game or what happens with Arkansas.

"They're still Georgia and they have good football players," Tuberville says. "They haven't played as well as they had hoped, but anytime you are starting a new quarterback you are going to have ups and downs. That's exactly what happened. They've been searching and playing new guys and they just haven't been as consistent as they had liked."


Tailback Kenny Irons is one of many Auburn players from the state of Georgia. He went for over 100 yards at Ole Miss but will limited in playing time against Arkansas State.

Injury News:

Safety Eric Brock, who sprained his ankle on the first play from scrimmage against Arkansas State, is "questionable" for the Georgia game according to Tuberville. However, Brock says, "I'm getting it iced three or four times a day and I think I'll be able to play on Saturday."

Tight end Cole Bennett (ankle) is also questionable but did practice on Sunday.

"Joe Cope played well considering he's probably about 80 to 90 percent," Tuberville notes. "He got stung one time on a screen pass but bounced back well and played well. We held out Kenny Irons most of the game and several other guys. Most of the first team defense only played 15 to 20 plays so we should be pretty healthy coming back into this game."

Kickoff for the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry will be at 11:30 a.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Players of the Week against Arkansas State
Offense:
Ben Grubbs
Defense: Jerraud Powers
Special Teams: David Irons
Scout Team Offense: Michael Goggans
Scout Team Defense: Zach Clayton


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