After taking the week off from competition, Auburn returned to practice on Sunday evening and continued its preparations for its third Southeastern Conference game of the season. Arkansas, 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the SEC, will visit Jordan-Hare Stadium for an 11:30 a.m. kickoff in a game that will be televised by JP Sports on Saturday.
"You start thinking they are going to come in here and not play very hard and they are going to be tired, you let your guard down one minute you will get your head beat in," says Tuberville, who adds that he sees a lot of parity in the SEC and throughout college football. "I have seen it coming for the last two years in recruiting from what people have been recruiting," the coach adds.
Reggie Torbor is shown during a tackle drill as defensive ends coach Terry Price watches during the Sunday practice.
Arkansas rallied from a 17-3 second half deficit to take Tennessee into extra play before falling 41-38 in the sixth overtime. Despite the excessive length of that game, Tuberville says he doesn't want to see college football get away from the overtime format. "I don't like ties and I don't think anybody does," he says. "The reason we put it in is for the six wins to go to a bowl. When two teams tie it takes away a chance for one to possibly go to a bowl game. That was the coaches' mentality. That was our argument to go to an overtime."
Tuberville says he isn't opposed to a different format for overtime that makes multiple extra periods less likely, but says he doesn't like the NFL style sudden death format.
Auburn, which is ranked 21st in the coaches' poll and 24th by AP this week, took Saturday off after having conditioning drills on Friday and three days of practice during the off week. The Tigers are 2-0 in the SEC and 4-1 overall.