AUBURN, Ala. -- A week off proved beneficial to Auburn’s championship aspirations after a pair of top five teams were beaten on the road.
Nick Marshall has led Auburn to the biggest turnaround season in school history/Todd Van Emst photo
The Tigers moved up from No. 6 to No. 4 in the AP rankings, and up from No. 7 to No. 5 in both the USA Today Coaches poll and the Harris poll.
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. 12 after losing 42-16 at Arizona.
No. 4 Auburn, 10-1 overall and 6-1 in the SEC, will host No. 1 Alabama (11-0, 7-0) Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the 78th Iron Bowl. The winner of the first top four matchup in Iron Bowl history will be the SEC West champion and play in the SEC Championship game Dec. 7.
“We can finally talk about it. We don’t have to say, ‘Oh, we’re worried about the next game.’ We have been building week-to-week obviously for the next game. It has worked for our guys. They have done a great job of buying into that and focusing in,” Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said.
“That’s easier said than done, but we play Alabama and they play us at the end of the year for a reason. It all builds up to this every year. That was our goal at the beginning of the year, to get better each week, so when this game came we would be ready to put the best we can out on the field. We’re ready to do that now.”
The updated BCS Standings will be released at 7:30 p.m. CT Sunday night. Auburn was ranked No. 6 in the BCS last Sunday. Both the Coaches and the Harris polls are a component of the BCS.
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