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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Auburn aims for big road win at Tennessee

Here's how my Tennessee game advance starts in today's paper:

AUBURN, Ala. — Gene Chizik remembers fondly the last time he took an Auburn football team to Knoxville, Tenn., a night during which everything fell into place.

It was five years and one day ago when the Tigers marched into Neyland Stadium and left with a decisive 34-10 victory, establishing themselves as bona fide national title contenders in what would be a perfect season.

“I think that was a huge momentum carrier for us at that time,” Chizik said. “That was a big boost.”

The stakes aren’t as big and the teams are not as polished this go-around, but the Tigers (4-0, 1-0 SEC) hope to get a substantial boost when they go on the road for the first time this year to take on the Volunteers (2-2, 0-1).

It’s the first game in a difficult October stretch for Auburn that includes games at Arkansas, versus Kentucky, at LSU and versus Ole Miss.

“Going to Tennessee is going to be a huge indicator of who we are for the rest of the year,” Chizik said. “If you can go to a place like Tennessee and get a win, then it reveals more about your team and helps us into the month of October in a very good way.”

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