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Auburn jumps to No. 2 in coaches, almost No. 1 in AP
Oct. 5, 2014

Duke Williams celebrates Auburn's win over LSU with the happy student section

By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn moved to No. 2 in the coaches poll and almost jumped to the top spot in the AP poll Sunday after surviving a week of upsets that saw 11 ranked teams lose.

Auburn wasn't upset. Instead, the Tigers were impressive, moving from fifth to second thanks to a convincing 41-7 win over then-No. 15 LSU on Saturday night in Jordan-Hare Stadium. That won Auburn a Top 10 showdown against No. 3 Mississippi State in Starkville next Saturday. CBS picked it up as the SEC's TV headliner and assigned it a 2:30 p.m. kickoff. 

The Tigers almost grabbed the top spot in the AP poll, trailing Florida State 1,461 points to 1,459 points. FSU received 35 first-place votes to Auburn's 23.

Mississippi State is tied for third with Ole Miss in the AP poll, and that's the highest ranking ever for the Bulldogs. State is sixth in the coaches poll.
Auburn received 16 first-place votes in the coaches poll, second only to No. 1 Florida State's 44 first-place votes. Auburn easily made it through a weekend in which five of the top eight teams in the AP poll lost for the first time ever.

Here's the coaches poll 

Here's the AP poll

Auburn began last season unranked, but finished second in the nation. Auburn began this season ranked fifth by the coaches, sixth by the AP.
But while Auburn jumped in the rankings Sunday, the players seemed unmoved by it all after the LSU game.
"None of that stuff really matters until the end of the season. We're not really worried about rankings," said running back Cameron Artis-Payne.
"We don't care about that," said receiver Sammie Coates.
Coach Gus Malzahn said it's too early to worry about the polls.
"I have not heard one player or coach talk about being ranked or anything like that," he said. "Our whole deal is at the end of the season. That's just the first game of the grind and it will all sort out at the end."

The polls are dominated by the SEC again. In the AP poll, Auburn is No. 2 followed by Mississippi State and Ole Miss tied at No. 3 and Alabama at No. 7. Georgia is 13th and Texas A&M is 14th. Missouri is 23rd.

Five SEC teams are ranked in the Top 10 in the coaches poll: No. 2 Auburn, No. 4 Ole Miss, No. 6 Mississippi State, No. 7 Alabama and No. 10 Georgia. The Tigers play the other four before this season is done. Other SEC teams ranked are No. 14 Texas A&M and No. 24 Missouri. Auburn also plays Texas A&M. The Tigers have already beaten No. 16 Kansas State. LSU dropped out of the poll after losing to Auburn.

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