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Chizik very blunt about the key to beating South Carolina

Gene Chizik made it very clear during his press conference today that Auburn will have to play much more physical up front on both sides of the ball in order to beat South Carolina, who he called, “the best team we’ve played up to date. I don’t think there’s any question about that.”

Chizik has not been pleased with either side’s ability to change the line of scrimmage.

 “The name of the game for us is going to be playing a very physical football game. I don’t think this past week we played a very physical football game. We’re going to have to play a much more physical brand of football to beat this team.”

“When we talk about being physical, we’re talking about the point of attack on the line of scrimmage. Playing on the other side of the line of scrimmage no matter who you are…for our offensive line playing on the defensive side of the line of scrimmage and that’s for our defensive line playing in the offensive backfield as well.”

“We need to improve in a lot of ways on the line of scrimmage. I think we need to be playing more physical. We’ve had that discussion over the last 2 days. They know it. We know it. If we’re going to win the game on Saturday, that’s got to be part of the equation.” 

“Every thing starts in the SEC with the line of scrimmage. I mean, I say that, but really anywhere in football, it starts at the line of scrimmage.”

“Watching them (South Carolina), they play on the other side of the line of scrimmage. There’s no question about that. And that can’t happen on Saturday night.”

Kick-off is set for 7:45 pm EST from Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Audio: Gene Chizik's Tuesday teleconference