AUBURN, Ala. -- The first BCS Standings were released Sunday night and Auburn debuted at No. 11.
Dee Ford came up with two big sacks in the 4th quarter/Todd Van Emst photo
It’s the first time Auburn has been ranked in the BCS since being 25th in the final standings in 2011, and a long way from where the Tigers finished in 2012 with a 3-9 record.
“We definitely went from playing for nothing last year to playing for a lot this year,” senior defensive end Dee Ford said. “I think the sky’s the limit. I think we’re coming into this things just trying to keep moving forward.
“The hardest thing to do is to stay consistent when you’re winning, especially when you beat a great team like Texas A&M and stop a great quarterback like (Johnny) Manziel.”
Auburn was voted No. 15 in the Harris Poll and No. 17 USA Today Coaches poll, two components of the BCS. Auburn had an average ranking of 7th in the six computer polls with a high of No. 5 in the Massey Ratings.
Auburn was also ranked No. 11 in the AP poll, which is not a component of the BCS.
It’s a big step up from last week’s No. 24 ranking and something the Auburn’s coaching staff has already addressed with the players heading into this Saturday’s game against Florida Atlantic.
“I think the best thing our guys have done is just kinda work on what they can control and all we can control is FAU,” Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said. “We've got to win this week. We've got to get win No. 7 and if you don't do that, nothing else matters.
“That is a big challenge, to see how mature we are. I feel like our guys have responded when we've asked them to respond to things so far this year.”
Auburn hosts FAU at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. CT. The game will be carried on Fox Sports Net.
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