To say it has been a roller coaster for Hugh Freeze in his first season at Auburn would be an understatement. The Tigers entered Saturday with 3 consecutive wins, including an impressive 48-10 win against Arkansas last week.

However, that streak was ended on Saturday, as the Tigers lost to New Mexico State, 31-10, at home. The rushing attack for Auburn on Saturday was non-existent, as it rushed the ball 26 times for only 65 yards.

Auburn doesn’t have too much time to dwell on this loss though, as the Iron Bowl matchup with Alabama is looming. Freeze talked about what the team needs to do to put Saturday’s loss behind them.

“It’s disappointing, felt like a bad dream, but I’ve had those before,” he said.

“It will test us,” Freeze said about the team bouncing back. “That’s the great thing about this sport. With us being early on in our journey here, this is something I hope sits in the crawl of our stomach and makes us sick. You have to earn your right to win a football game every time out.”

When asked what he will tell his team as the Tigers prepare for Alabama, Freeze hasn’t thought about it yet.

“I don’t know, I will give it some thought tonight, and give it the best approach,” Freeze said.

The game will be at Auburn next Saturday.