AU Football Veteran Discusses Keys to Victory

The Georgia game brings on a different atmosphere to the Auburn campus and football program.

Auburn, Ala.--Senior free safety Travaris Robinson has been around big games in his four season at Auburn and notes the next one will among the biggest he's been around.

With both Auburn and Georgia fighting for the right to play in Atlanta for the SEC Championship, this week has been one of hard work and study for the Tigers with a potent Georgia team heading to the Plains this weekend.

Travaris Robinson

"Things are a little big different," Robinson says. "Guys are a little more focused. This is a big game for us. We are playing a great Georgia team. They are very solid in all phases of the game. We just have to go out there and prepare well. This is an evenly matched game so the team that makes the fewest mistakes wins. On defense we're trying to force as many turnovers as we can."

After facing a Louisiana-Monroe team last week that gave the Tigers some of the same looks they will see this week against the Bulldogs, Robinson says the defense was a little ahead of the curve in their preparations for this week. While a few things looked the same on video, he admits the speed of the game this week will be quite different than it was on homecoming.

"It is a different tempo when we play Georgia because there is so much riding on the game," Robinson says. "Louisiana-Monroe was a game when we worked on our fundamentals and techniques. Now we're getting ready for the big games. We have to constantly focus, even when we're tired, on the little things out there. When the opportunity presents itself, and it doesn't happen often against Georgia, we have to make our plays."

Something that is different this week for the Auburn defense is a two-headed quarterback rotation with starter David Greene and backup D.J. Shockley both expected to see playing time this week. Although Greene will play most of the snaps in the game and is the more dangerous of the two because of his pinpoint passing, Robinson says the coaching staff would have a plan for Shockley this week as well.

Travaris Robinson has played wide receiver, cornerback and safety for the Tigers.

"We're not really worried about what they are doing over there because we can't control that," Robinson says. "All we control is what we are doing. We're going to try to mix up different looks. Coach has got different packages for the two quarterbacks so we have to go out there and try to focus on stopping their receivers and stopping Musa (Smith)."

For Georgia the season comes down to Saturday's game. Lose and all the hard work and the great start the Bulldogs got off to is likely all for nothing as far as the SEC title game is concerned unless Florida is upset by South Carolina. Win and you're in. Auburn is in the same boat almost, needing a win to stay in a good position to make the trip up I-85 for the Dec. 7th SEC Championship Game. With everything on the line this week Robinson says this game is all about who plays the best Saturday.

"It's like a playoff," Robinson notes. "The loser is probably out of it. We just have to go out there and play our best game. The offense relies on us and we just have to try to put the ball in their hands.

"They've got great players and we've got great players. It's just who is going to play the best that given day. The coaches have been constantly reminding us of our fundamentals going back to day one. We are just going to worry about Auburn, we can't worry about them. It's an evenly matched game and the person who makes the least mistakes is going to come out victorious. That's a fact."

Kickoff for Saturday's showdown is scheduled for 2:30 and can be seen on CBS. Auburn leads the all-time series with Georgia by a count of 51-46-8 and has won three in a row in the series. This season marks the 12th consecutive time and 25th time in the last 26 years that one or both teams enters the game ranked in the Top 25.


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