Auburn is ranked No. 1 for the first time in 25 years.
A day after Auburn’s 24-17 win over previously unbeaten LSU, the Tigers moved up from No. 4 to No. 1 in the Bowl Championship Series standings released Sunday night.
Last week’s No. 1 BCS team, Oklahoma, lost 36-27 to Missouri paving the way for Auburn’s highest-ever BCS ranking since the 2004 team, which finished 13-0, rose to No. 3.
Auburn coach Gene Chizik commented on the No. 1 ranking during an interview on ESPN’s BCS Countdown show.
“I’m really proud of our football team because no matter what our rankings are or were, we really haven’t paid a lot of attention to that,” Chizik said. “We’ve really tried to take every day one step at a time.
“...I think our team understands that we’re not good enough to do anything other than that.”
The last time Auburn was ranked No. 1 in any major college poll was the AP for two straight weeks in 1985 before a 38-20 loss at Tennessee Sept. 28.
Auburn, which has a .9371 BCS average, is followed in the BCS rankings by No. 2 Oregon (.9069), No. 3 Boise State (.8846), No. 4 TCU (.8833) and No. 5 Michigan State (.8387). None of the current top five BCS schools have played in the championship game since the BCS started in 1999.
Last year’s BCS champion, Alabama (7-1), is ranked No. 7. The rest of the top ten is No. 6 Missouri, No. 8 Utah, No. 9 Oklahoma and No. 10 Wisconsin.
Auburn moved up from No. 5 to No. 3 in the AP, USA Today Coaches’ and Harris polls Sunday. The BCS incorporates the Coaches’ and Harris polls along with the average of six computer rankings.
Oregon is ranked No. 1 in all three polls but has a .7400 computer ranking, which is eighth. The computers ranked Auburn No. 1 with a .9800 average.
The top two teams in the final BCS rankings, which are released Dec. 5, will play in the BCS National Championship game on Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ca.