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AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn football team worked out for just over two hours Tuesday at the practice fields behind the Athletic Complex, as the Tigers prepare for Saturday's Iron Bowl vs. Alabama.

The Tigers opened Tuesday's practice with special teams work, and focused heavily on scout team work. The Auburn first and second teams also scrimmaged against each other before practice wrapped up with field goals.

Pass defense a worry, yeah.

Auburn defensive coordinator David Gibbs said after reviewing the film of last Saturday's 31-30 victory over Georgia that the Tigers are working on improving their pass defense. Auburn allowed over 300 yards passing for a second straight game after ranking among the nation's leaders in pass defense by not allowing a team to throw for over 200 yards through the first eight contests.

"Our kids played hard, but Georgia's a good football team and they exposed us in areas," said Gibbs. "We have to get that cleaned up. I think we took the right step today in getting that cleaned up. We have to be more disciplined in our zone coverages and at the same time we have to get a better pass rush. It's a combination of things, but anytime you can go into Athens, Ga., and come out with a `W', that's a good deal. So we put it behind us and are moving on and getting ready for the Crimson Tide."

No. 11 Auburn (8-2, 6-1 SEC) and No. 8 Alabama (9-1, 6-1) will meet for the 70th time Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Alabama holds a 38-30-1 lead in the series, but Auburn has won three straight and leads 5-2 in games played in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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