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Auburn moves into Top 10

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn is back in the Top 10 for the first time in almost three years.

Malzahn goes through Tiger Walk before the Florida Atlantic game/Todd Van Emst photo

The Tigers moved up from No. 11 to No. 8 in the AP rankings Sunday, a day after a 45-10 win over Florida Atlantic.

Two teams previously ranked above Auburn lost Saturday. Missouri fell from No. 5 to No. 10 following a 27-24 overtime loss to South Carolina, and Texas Tech fell from No. 10 to No. 15 following a 38-30 loss to Oklahoma. Clemson remained at No. 9 after beating Maryland 40-27.

It’s the first time Auburn has been ranked in the Top 10 since winning the 2010 BCS National Championship.

“I know it sounds like I’m saying the same thing every week. It’s about Arkansas. It’s about going on the road,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said after the win over FAU Saturday night. “It’s about trying to play our best football and we’re not worried about all the underdogs or favorites. That’s our mindset.”

Auburn was the biggest mover in the USA Today Coaches Poll, moving up from No. 17 to No. 11. Auburn also moved up from No. 15 to No. 11 in the Harris poll.

Auburn, 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the SEC, will return to conference play next Saturday at Arkansas, which had the week off. The Razorbacks, 3-5 overall and 0-4 in the SEC, have lost five straight games.

The Auburn-Arkansas game will kickoff at 5:00 p.m. CT on ESPN2.

Auburn is one of six SEC teams in the AP Top 25 joining No. 1 Alabama, No. 10 Missouri, No. 11 LSU, No. 12 Texas A&M and No. 14 South Carolina.

The updated BCS Standing will be released at 7:30 p.m. CT Sunday night. Auburn was No. 11 in the initial BCS rankings last Sunday.

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