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Auburn starts No. 6 in the AP football poll


Aug. 17, 2014

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By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. ¯  The defending SEC champions will start the season as the No. 6 team in the country, according to the Associated Press.

Auburn is ranked sixth in the preseason poll after coming in at No. 5 in the coaches poll two weeks ago. The Tigers finished No. 2 in the nation last year after beginning the season unranked.

Auburn will play seven teams ranked in preseason polls. In the AP poll, that means the Tigers will play No. 2 Alabama, No. 9 South Carolina, No. 12 Georgia, No. 13 LSU, No. 18 Ole Miss, No. 20 Kansas State and No. 21 Texas A&M.

Eight SEC teams are ranked.

Associated Press poll
1. Florida St. 
2. Alabama 
3. Oregon 
4. Oklahoma 
5. Ohio St. 
6. Auburn 
7. UCLA 
8. Michigan St. 
9. South Carolina 
10. Baylor 
11. Stanford 
12. Georgia 
13. LSU 
14. Wisconsin 
15. Southern Cal 
16. Clemson 
17. Notre Dame 
18. Mississippi 
19. Arizona St.
20. Kansas St. 
21. Texas A&M
22. Nebraska 
23. North Carolina 
24. Missouri 
25. Washington
Others receiving votes: UCF 94, Florida 87, Texas 86, Duke 71, Iowa 68, Louisville 48, Marshall 41, Oklahoma St. 37, Virginia Tech 26, TCU 23, Mississippi St. 22, Michigan 19, Texas Tech 19, Miami 16, Cincinnati 15, Boise St. 10, Oregon St. 10, BYU 8, Northwestern 8, Penn St. 5, Navy 2, Vanderbilt 2, Louisiana 1, Nevada 1, Utah St. 1.

Here's a more colorful, easier to read, version of the poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2013 records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and 2013 final ranking.

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:
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