October 20, 2009

Auburn confident despite tough losses

After two straight losses, Auburn heads into Saturday night's game at LSU a clear underdog.

Auburn hasn't won at Tiger Stadium since 1999 and the 9th-ranked Fighting Tigers were off last week giving them two weeks to prepare.

But running back Ben Tate is not about to throw in the towel. He still has high expectations for this year's team and their trip to Baton Rouge.

"Losing two games back-to-back, that's never good but we just see it as an opportunity," Tate said. "There's probably not going to be a lot of people that expect us to go down there and do too much. But we can upset them and shock everyone and be talked about again."

Offensive lineman Andrew McCain said it's up to the seniors like him and Tate to make sure the players stay together and have a great week of practice.

"I feel like we're at a turning point right now," McCain said. "I feel like we really have to put it on our shoulders. The coaches have put us in the right position to score points and make the plays we need to make.

"We have to put it on ourselves to stay strong and stay tight and get the job done because we're capable of it as long as we execute."

It's not just Tate and McCain who remain confident. Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said his team believes they can compete with anyone on their schedule.

"We're 5-2. We're not 2-5," Chizik said. "Our guys know we have a good football team."

Auburn got off to a 4-1 start last year before losing six of its final seven games and finishing 5-7. But Tate said the attitude of this year's team is completely different.

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