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Back in School: Tigers Return After Three Weeks Without Football

Oct 24, 2020; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn during the second half against the Mississippi Rebels  at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 24, 2020; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn during the second half against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

It has been three weeks since Auburn last took the field, but will the time off affect their performance this Saturday?

It would have only been one weekend off if not for the Mississippi State football program receiving multiple positive COVID-19 tests. That game has now been rescheduled for Dec. 12. 

Meanwhile, the Tigers have faced issues of their own with 12 new cases as of last week but have not had a positive test since. Coach Gus Malzahn shut down practice for a few days following those tests. 

“We’ve had no new positives since last Wednesday which is a good thing,” said Malzahn in a press conference on Tuesday.

The team returned to practice on Friday and continued over the weekend. 

“We knew this was going to be a very unique year, we knew there was going to be some challenges and this is just one of them, but like I said there is a lot of positive energy,” Malzahn said when asked about getting his players back to full gear.

Auburn showed a lot of positive energy during the Tigers' dominaating performance against LSU in their last game. Malzahn’s team had 506 total yards and 48 points, both season highs this year.

In contrast, Tennessee has had two weeks off due to Texas A&M receiving positive tests. The Volunteers are coming off four consecutive losses, most recently 13-24 at Arkansas.

Auburn-Tennessee is set to kick off in Jordan-Hare on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. CST.

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