AUBURN, Ala. ‹ Not a soul on Auburn’s roster has taken part in a game the magnitude of Saturday’s SEC championship against South Carolina.
It’s a good thing the Tigers’ coach has.
With a shot at the national championship on the line, No. 1 Auburn (12-0, 8-0 SEC) will look for guidance from head coach Gene Chizik, who has been part of two undefeated seasons as an assistant in the last six years.
“None of us have been in this situation before and he has a few times,” left tackle Lee Ziemba said. “He does a good job of making sure our focus is in the right, making sure we’re not looking ahead to different things and we’re focusing on the task at hand.”
Chizik was a part of undefeated teams in back-to-back seasons, serving as Auburn’s defensive coordinator in 2004 before holding the same position during Texas’ 2005 national championship run.
“There are different challenges at different points in the year that you can pull from,” Chizik said. “As we all know, it’s extremely difficult to do.”
For more on this story be sure to pick up Saturday's Special SEC Championship Game Edition of the Ledger-Enquirer.