Oct. 13, 2013
Tre Mason has helped run Auburn back into the AP Top 25 (Laruen Barnard photo)
Auburn All-Time in the AP Poll
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn will find itself in a Top 25 showdown when it travels to Texas A&M on Saturday, thanks to the Tigers' return to the Associated Press poll for the first time since 2011.
Auburn moved into the AP ranking Sunday, landing at No. 24. Texas A&M is ranked 7th. Both teams have 5-1 record.
Auburn moved up following a 62-3 win over Western Carolina on Saturday. Texas A&M moved up two spots after a wild 45-38 win over Ole Miss. The Tigers weren't ranked in the coaches poll, though it would have been ranked 28th based on the points they received.
Auburn will now try to keep up with A&M Heisman-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel. The Tigers will try to counter with the No. 1 team in the SEC in rushing, the top team in fewest sacks allowed, the second most successful team in Red Zone offense and defense, a team second in kickoff returns and the third-best team in the league in scoring defense and sacks.
Manziel is first in the SEC in total offense and passing and 10th in the league in rushing. A&M is first in total offense, averaging a whopping 586.5 yards per game; and first in scoring, averaging an equally-whopping 47.8 points per game.
The last time Auburn was ranked in the Top 25 was late in the 2011 when it faced No. 14 Georgia. The Bulldogs won and Auburn fell out of the poll.
The AP poll is an SEC celebration with eight ranked teams. It's the first time eight teams from one conference have been ranked.
The SEC rankings: No. 1 Alabama, No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 11 South Carolina, No. 14 Missouri, No. 15 Georgia and No. 22 Florida and No. 24 Auburn.
The record for most teams from one conference in a regular-season poll had been seven, done many times, including this season by the SEC, according to the AP. The ACC and Big Ten have also reached seven ranked teams in season.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine