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Tigers climb to No. 4 in BCS

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn moved up two more spots in the BCS Sunday night, a day after two top five teams lost.

QB Nick Marshall has led Auburn to a 10-1 start/Todd Van Emst photo

The Tigers moved up from No. 6 to No. 4 in the BCS standings, the team’s highest ranking since winning the BCS National Championship in 2010.

Baylor fell from No. 4 to No. 9 after suffering its first loss of the season, 49-17, at Oklahoma State. Oregon fell from No. 5 to No. 13 after losing 42-16 at Arizona.

Auburn, 10-1 on the season and 6-1 in the SEC, will close out the regular season against No. 1 Alabama at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the 78th Iron Bowl Saturday. It’s the first battle of top four teams in Iron Bowl history, and also the first time the outright SEC West title is on the line.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, however, has refused to allow his team to look past the upcoming opponent.

“I'm really not letting my mind go there,” Malzahn said. “We've been so focused on trying to improve and just worried about the next week and just worried about the next opponent.

“Like I told the guys a few weeks back, we'll worry about all that patting ourself on the back stuff after the season. Be able to look back and appreciate some things. When you're in the middle of it, you've got to stay grounded, you've got to stay focused and you've got to take care of the next job that's been ahead of you.”

The BCS includes the championship game along with the Rose, Sugar, Fiesta and Orange bowls.

The BCS standings are a weighted average that includes the USA Today Coaches poll, Harris poll and six computer polls. Auburn is ranked No. 5 in both the Coaches and Harris polls, and is tied for 4th-best in the computer average with a high of 4th and a low of 8th.

Auburn’s BCS average was .8236, well behind No. 3 Ohio State (.9200), and above No. 5 Missouri (.8077).

Auburn is also No. 4 in the AP poll, which doesn’t factor in the BCS standings.

The final BCS standings and bowl bids will be released Sunday, Dec. 8, following the end of the regular season and conference championship games. The top two teams in the standings will play in the BCS national championship game Jan. 6 in Pasadena, Calif.

This is the final year of the BCS, which will be replaced by the four-team College Football Playoff next season.



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