AUBURN – Over the past four Southeastern Conference games, Auburn’s offense has been on an all-time roll, averaging 47.25 points.
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But offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn says points are likely to be much harder to come by when the No. 2 Tigers (11-0, 7-0) play No. 11 Alabama (9-2, 5-2) at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Malzahn says he sees little difference in the defense the Tigers will face Friday and the one that helped the Tide win a national championship last season.
“There are no weaknesses,” Malzahn said. “They are very physical upfront. Their linebackers are as big as some defensive ends, and they can flat out run. They are extremely talented. They are going to make you earn it. They seem very similar to last year to me when you look at them on film
Last season, Auburn jumped to a 14-0 lead but couldn’t hold on, falling 26-21 to Alabama at Jordan-Hare Stadium. This season, it’s the Tigers who are pursuing a national championship. And it’s Alabama that will have the roar of the crowd on its side.
“We know it’s going to be extremely loud,” Malzahn said. “We’ve faced a couple of opponents on the road, but nothing like the noise is going to be on Friday. We’ve done some things last week and this week to try to prepare. Our guys are going to have to be very mature. They are going to have to do a good job on communication and be very disciplined.”
Malzahn said he has been extremely pleased with practices the past two weeks. The Tigers had their first open date of the season last weekend.
“Practices have been very good,” Malzahn said. “Last week and this week, our guys seemed excited to practice and play. This time of year, that’s a good feeling. But it was good they got a couple of days off to mentally and physically recover. You can tell it.
“It’s been a grind, I’m telling you. From a coaching standpoint, it was also good to get somewhat refreshed.”
For much more, go below for a video of Malzahn’s entire interview.
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