Sunday, December 31st, 2006


DALLAS – The No. 10 Auburn Tigers conducted its pre-game walk-through this afternoon at the Cotton Bowl stadium. Auburn will face the No. 22 Nebraska Cornhuskers in tomorrow’s 71st AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.

In conjunction with the walk-through, the Tigers had their team photo taken around the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic logo at midfield.

This was the first time all week that the full team had set foot on the historic Cotton Bowl field.

“The field looks good,” head coach Tommy Tuberville said. “It’s a little bit slower than what we’re used it. It’s a little thicker. It’s a good surface. I think the players will like it.”

A few Auburn players are still dealing with a touch of the flu, which concerns Tuberville a bit.

“We have a couple of guys who are weaker because of the flu,” Tuberville said. “My concern is that it doesn’t get worse in the next 20 hours or so.”

Tuberville praised the AT&T Cotton Bowl for its hospitality throughout the week leading to the game.

“We’ve had a good time. The head coach usually stays busy during a week like this, and I enjoy that,” Tuberville said. “The Cotton Bowl committee has done a great job organizing things all week. The players and the coaches have had enough leeway to have a good time but also keep the game in focus.”

Prior to the game, Auburn attended the Dallas Cowboys-Detroit Lions NFL game. The Auburn University Marching Band performed at halftime of the Cowboys-Lions game.

Tonight the Tigers will leave the Hyatt Regency Hotel, their home for this week, to spend the night at an undisclosed location.

Auburn will be the designated visiting team and will wear white jerseys in this year’s Classic.

Kickoff for the 71st AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic is slated for 10:40 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1. The game will be televised nationally on FOX Sports, with the legendary Pat Summerall handling play-by-play, former Dallas Cowboy Brian Baldinger providing analysis and Krista Voda reporting from the sidelines. The Classic also will be broadcasted nationally by Westwood One, with Brad Sham doing play-by-play and Terry Bowden providing analysis.