Kris Frost and Auburn had reason to celebrate opening-season win
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn held steady in both national polls Tuesday, coming in at No. 6 in the Associated Press poll and maintaining its No. 7 ranking in the coaches poll following a 31-24 win over Louisville in the season opener last Saturday.
A record 10 SEC teams appear in the AP Top 25. Ohio State maintained its No. 1 ranking in both polls.
Auburn will try to build on its national ranking in Saturday's 11 a.m. game against Jacksonville State. Coach Gus Malzahn said the visiting Gamecocks are good enough to win the FCS national championship, reminding all Jacksonville State went 10-2 last season.
Malzahn said Auburn's win over Louisville was a learning experience for all concerned.
"We learned a lot about our team. We learned about some individuals," Malzahn said in his weekly Tuesday press conference. "We learned a whole lot about the young guys because young guys, you never know how they're going to react until you get out there in a game.
"We feel very good about our team moving forward. I think everybody saw the freshmen and new faces that actually played for the first time wearing an Auburn uniform. It's encouraging from the standpoint that we did some good things. The things we need to improve on we feel like are all correctable and we feel like they can all be corrected and we can get better."
Here's the AP poll. Here's the coaches poll.
Auburn will formally unveil its new video board, the biggest in college football, about 10:20 a.m. Saturday. Athletics director Jay Jacobs said Auburn will formally announce a complete sellout for the season Monday. It's the first time in more than 20 years Auburn has sold out its tickets before the first game.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine