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Auburn No. 1 in BCS Standings

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.

  • Bryan and Phillip,

    As great as the game was yesterday, there are still some glaring weaknesses where we can improve and be a better football team:
    - We're still making mistakes at critical times. Not only are we usually penalized twice as much as the team we are playing but many of those penalties are on critical plays which impact the game.
    - Someone has got to start fielding punts. LSU put on a clinic on how a great kicking game can keep a team in a game even though they are getting beat in every other dept. We've improved in some areas of special teams but not in punting and punt receiving.
    - Please find someone on campus who can punt the ball consistently and someone who can kick the ball into the endzone consistently. There must be guys on campus who played soccer who might be able to kick off into the endzone on a regular basis. As for punting, I wish we would stop signing punters out of high school and encourage walk ons to come in and compete for the punting job every year. Put 'em through a competitive "trial by fire" in the spring and summer and give a scholarship to the winner.

    On the positive side, the defense has done a much better job of forcing turnovers in the last few games and they have been a major part of why we are 8-0. The kickoff coverage has been very stout with only a couple of letdowns but overall one of our most improved areas. The offensive line took over the game Saturday and those five - Pugh, Berry, Ziemba, Isom, Mosely and Greene before he was injured are the unsung heros this year. I don't know if I've ever seen an Auburn offensive line blow through a defensive line as highly regarded as LSU's is as consistently as ours did on Saturday. Berry is an unstoppable force when he pulls. Our WRs and RBs blocking was outstanding. Today I watched Onterrio's run over and over just to watch the WRs blocking on the play. It's incredible to watch Kodi Burns blocking all over the field on Cam's runs. If you look for him you'll see him running down the field hunting up someone to hit to help Cam keep going. I seriously believe Auburn should name some award after him for unselfish determination. You can see him working every play to help Cam and the team. His speech last year was special but seeing him running down the field on Cam's 49 yd TD run making a block and getting up and running down the field looking for another player to block gives me goosebumps. I think he's as special a person as Cam but without the glory or the spotlight. Eric Smith had a number of big blocks and helped spring Cam on several runs. The defensive line and LBs have really developed into a better run stopping unit and pass rushing unit. They kept a lot of pressure on the LSU offense and off our secondary. I saw some encouraging signs in our secondary. In all, I think this team is improving but still has a ways to go to be a really sound championship caliber team. We can do it but there are areas which may be our undoing on a particular Saturday if we don't get them corrected.

    I'm still scared to death of Ole Miss, Georgia and Alabama. All three teams have talented QBs who can throw well, a number of talented WRs, they all run the ball well and are also getting better every week. At this point in the season Georgia and Alabama may both have better defenses than LSU due to the support they are getting from their respective offensive units. LSU's defense was on the field a long time in the second half yesterday because our defense got some three and outs and got their offense off the field. I guess we'll all see how the rest of the season unfolds. I think we can beat Ole Miss in a close one if we are prepared, bring our "A" game and cut down on the mistakes. All you have to do is look no further than Kentucky to see the impact of turnovers on games. Without the turnovers they are one of the toughest teams in the league bu they have taken themselves out of several games this year with turnovers.

    Stay Focused, Auburn Tigers!!!

    PS: To all of you reading this, if you haven't seen this team live you've got two more opportunities to see them at JHS this year. I know one of those is Chattanooga but this team deserves a full house at homecoming. I hope they both come back but it may be your last chance to see Cam and Fairly play in an AU uniform. Saturday was really only the second "hard" sellout of the season (Clemson was the other one). I know Georgia is a sellout but there are tickets available and if we can get through the next two games the atmosphere for the Georgia game should be off the charts. Of course they are our second biggest rivalry game and they are now playing as well as anyone in the league so I expect it to be another "knock down drag out" game. A win over us would make their season. I was proud to see that there were very few LSU fans sitting around us in section 59 on Saturday (I saw about 10) which means that most AU TUF members were either at the game or gave their tickets to fellow AU fans. In contrast there were quite a few Clemson fans (I saw dozens and dozens) around us at that game. If anyone has extra Georgia tickets I'll buy all you have. I don't want to see any red and black in any Auburn sections on Nov 13th.

    "Brick by brick, my citizens. Brick by brick"

  • your dont find many teams that kickoff in to the endzone now days since it was pushed back. Also i agree we need to field some punts but if Q had fielded some of those punts, we stand a better chance of LSU with the ball in the redzone. But some other very well said points

  • I've always liked you for your brevity, we'vewon5.

  • For goodness sakes, let"s stop finding the negatives!

    For one day, let's enjoy being #1 in the nation!

  • - We're still making mistakes at critical times. Not only are we usually penalized twice as much as the team we are playing but many of those penalties are on critical plays which impact the game. - Someone has got to start fielding punts , , , , , , , , , , If anyone has extra Georgia tickets I'll buy all you have.. . . . . . .

    Are us Auburn fans schizophrenic or what? We're worried sick about penalties and fielding punts and other such stuff, but we want to scarf up all the tickets we possibly can for upcoming games!

    Such split personalities are quite understandable. Getting ranked #1 has proven in the past to be easier for Auburn than remaining #1. Let's hope that virus has been wiped out in the 25-year interval since Auburn was last #1 in any national ranking.

    What matters is not so much whether the fans start counting the chickens too soon, but whether players do. ESPN's bowl prognosticators, Mark Schlabach and Andrea Adelson, provide some motivation by projecting an Auburn loss which will leave Oregon and Boise for the NC game.

    http://espn.go.com/college-football/bowls/projections/_/week/8

    It's going to be a helluva roller-coaster ride. Hold on and enjoy it if you can!

    This post was edited by LunaTick 4 years ago

  • It doesn't matter that AU is number 1 on October 24, it matters that we are 8-0 and getting ready for a tough Ole Miss team on the road in the SEC. CGC and his staff will have these boys ready to play!!!!!

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    This is for the Auburn Family and everyone who played here before we did. I love ya'll, War Eagle!' Nosa Equae 10/19/13 Kyle Field Texas A&M

  • It's already been one. I agree we need to enjoy the moment, tomorrow will take care of it's self. Since I retired I've spent a lot of time on college football and I'll tell you one thing. We're as good as anybody right now. Contrary to what our biggest rival may think, there's no such thing as perfect. Everybody has weaknesses, it's how you deal with them that count. What's nice about '10 we're leading the SEC, Baylor and Missouri lead the Big 12, MSU leads the Big 10, and Oregon leads the Pac 10 after 8 weeks and the "Usual Suspects" are playing catch up. WDE

  • Sorry about the lack of brevity but I could have written much more.

    As for pointing out the weaknesses, we're so close I want the team to have every chance to win it all. Minimizing the mistakes and improving the punting game makes us a better team. If you don't beat yourself you always have a chance to win. Anyone who doesn't believe that go back and check the stats on the "82 Auburn-Alabama game - the 23-22 Bo over the top game.

    This team is special. Is it special enough?

    "Brick by brick, my citizens. Brick by brick"

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