October 31, 2008
Season on the brink for Auburn
Tommy Tuberville has led Auburn to eight straight bowl games. But the Tigers have a lot of work to do if they're going to earn a postseason trip this year.
Auburn (4-4, 2-3 SEC) will need to win two of its next four games to finish with a 6-6 record and be bowl eligible. With the final two games of the season against No. 6 Georgia and No. 2 Alabama, Saturday's matchup against Ole Miss (4-4, 2-3) is almost a must-win situation for the Tigers.
But Tuberville is not ready to put that much pressure on his team, which is coming off its third-straight loss.
"I don't see any of them as must-wins," Tuberville said. "We must get better. That's how we're looking at it."
Must-win or not, quarterback Kodi Burns understands the importance of Saturday's matchup against the Rebels.
"It's definitely important because everybody wants to go to a bowl," Burns said. "The seniors definitely want to go to a bowl. I don't know when the last time Auburn hasn't been to a bowl game, so we definitely want to go to a bowl game and this game is very important.
"All the rest of the four are very important, but it starts with Ole Miss."
Auburn will have to slow down a talented Rebel offense led by quarterback Jeven Snead, who is third in the SEC averaging 209.1 passing yards per game.
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