Wednesday football interviews

Oct. 17, 2012

Franklin Interview | Rodgers Interview | Franklin on 104.5 Wake Up Zone

After an unexpected rough start to the 2012 season, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik used the word "urgency" to describe the position his squad is in heading into the Vanderbilt game Saturday.

Vanderbilt (2-4, 1-3 SEC) knows Auburn (1-5, 0-4) will be willing to do whatever it takes to get back on track and leave Nashville with its first league victory.

"There's no doubt we have to be prepared for [Auburn] taking risks," said Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin. "This is a talented team. Watch the film, and if you don't want to watch the film, just go back and look at their recruiting rankings over the last five years. This is a talented team, so we're going to have to handle our business. We're going to have to execute like we do every single week."

When you play in the SEC, records don't always tell the entire story, either.

"This is not your typical 2-4 team. There's a lot more to them," Chizik said of Vanderbilt, who has faced the third toughest schedule among 120 FBS schools. "They gave Florida (currently ranked No. 2 in the BCS standings) pretty much all they wanted last week. ... We've got a challenge for us on the road."

Kickoff is scheduled for 11:21 a.m. CT at Vanderbilt Stadium. The game will be televised by SEC Network.

Franklin and senior quarterback Jordan Rodgers fielded questions on the matchup following practice Wednesday night. Watch the sessions below:



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