After a solid performance Saturday against Arkansas, including a dominant second half, the Auburn Tigers have gained a spot in the Associated Press’ Top 25 this week and are now considered the fifth best team in the nation by the pollsters.
When the pre-season AP Poll was unveiled, the Ohio State Buckeyes were ranked just ahead of Auburn. However, after a lackluster performance against Navy, voters dropped OSU to eighth. The top four remained intact from the pre-season with Florida State, Alabama, Oregon and Oklahoma ranked ahead of Auburn, respectively.
Two of Auburn’s Southeastern Conference foes made a big jump in the poll. Georgia leaped from No. 12 to sixth, and Texas A&M rose all the way to No. 9 after being ranked 21st initially. Both teams received two first place votes this week. The Bulldogs gained momentum by beating a ranked Clemson Tigers team 45-21. South Carolina, who was beaten 52-28 by the Aggies, switched places with A&M and fell from ninth to 21st.
Other SEC teams in the poll include No. 12 LSU, 15th ranked Ole Miss, and No. 24 Missouri. Kansas State, whom the Auburn Tigers play September 18, remained as the 20th ranked team in the nation according to the Associated Press.
In the Amway Coaches poll, Auburn kept it’s pre-season top-five ranking. The coaches have Georgia ranked eighth, LSU 12th, Texas A&M 13th, Ole Miss 17th, Kansas State 20th, South Carolina 21st and Missouri 22nd.
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