Auburn coach Gene Chizik insisted again Wednesday that neither he nor his players are thinking about the national championship or even the Southeastern Conference championship.
They are focused on Friday, when the No. 2 Tigers (11-0, 7-0) play No. 11 Alabama (9-2, 5-2) at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.
“Everybody would love to be in this position,” Chizik said on the SEC weekly teleconference Wednesday. “It’s a great position to be in, where you control your own destiny. That’s a good thing.”
But it won’t matter, Chizik said, unless the Tigers continue to do what they’ve done through 11 games.
"We don't really talk around this building in terms of the long term,” Chizik said. “We understand if we continue to win what's out there for us. We still try to live day by day in the way of thinking the next game is the most important game. That's worked for us."
The Tigers will return to the practice field Wednesday afternoon. They will have a walkthrough Thursday before having Thanksgiving dinner. Chizik said earlier in the week that players who live close by will be free to go home for a few hours. The team will leave for Tuscaloosa late Thursday afternoon.
Kickoff time Friday on CBS is set for 1:30 p.m.