Tuberville: Time to Focus on Strengths

Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville comments on his Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--After playing its worst game of the season, a big question for the Auburn football team as it prepares for Saturday's cross-state rival Alabama is how much hangover there will be from the 37-15 loss to the Bulldogs.

"Any time you lose a game you go back and kind of question whether you practiced right," says Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville. "Did you have the right players in the game, did you have the right game plan, did you call the right plays? But you can do that every week, whether you lost like we did, or whether you lost by one point or whether you won by one or two points.

"You always go back and say we just didn't do quite that well, but you can't lose confidence in your players. You can't do that, and the players can't lose confidence in what they have done. We have had a pretty good year. We have beaten some pretty good teams. We haven't been as explosive as we would have liked, but we have been consistent in most games we have played.

"Last week wasn't one of those," Tuberville adds. "We know that. The thing that you do is you get it out of the back of your mind, you go back and work on the things that got you to nine wins or 10 wins or 11 wins, especially in a game like this. You lean on your strengths and you forget about the things in the past, no matter whether you won or lost, and you go on.

"If you do dwell on that, you are not going to improve. I think our coaches, and especially our seniors, did a good job Sunday at talking and listening and understanding by watching film the problems that we had. We will have some of those same problems? We probably will this week. Hopefully, they are not as escalated as much as some of the ones that we had.

"Maybe they won't show up as much," Tuberville says. "Each team has their weaknesses. We just put a lot of those mistakes in a row. When you do that against a team like Georgia, you are not going to be very successful."

The Tigers and Tide will kick off shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Tigers enter the game 9-2 overall and 5-2 in the SEC. Alabama, which is coming off a 28-14 loss to LSU, is 6-5 overall and 2-5 in the SEC.

Alabama leads the overall series 38-31-1, but Auburn has won four straight and is is 5-0 in games played in Tuscaloosa.

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