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Auburn moves up to No. 5 in AP poll
Oct. 19, 2014

Duke Williams and Auburn fans will now turn their attention to Saturday's game against South Carolina 

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.  Auburn didn't even have to play to move up in the Top 10 Sunday.
The Tigers enjoyed their second bye week of the season Saturday, but still managed to move up to fifth in the AP poll and sixth the coaches poll in the always-topsy-turvy world of the Top 25. The Tigers benefited from a loss by then-No. 4 Baylor and No. 5 Notre Dame to inch up. The coaches poll had Auburn ranked eighth last week; and the AP poll had the Tigers ranked sixth.

Four of the Top 5 teams in the AP poll are from the SEC West: Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Alabama and Auburn. The Tigers are ever-so-close to fourth in the AP poll, trailing Alabama 1,235 to 1,231 points.

The AP poll is here.

The complete coaches poll is here.

Auburn, 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the Southeastern Conference, returns to play Saturday night against South Carolina in Jordan-Hare Stadium. A late-night decision by the SEC office after Saturday's games put kickoff at 6:30 and put the game on the SEC Network.

One of Auburn's earlier opponents -- Kansas State -- also moved up. The Wildcats, who were ranked 14th last week, moved to 11th after beating Oklahoma 31-30 Saturday. Auburn beat Kansas State 20-14 on the road in the third week of the season. Another of Auburn's opponents, Mississippi State, remained No. 1. The Bulldogs were also off over the weekend after beating Auburn 38-23 the previous Saturday.

Three future Auburn opponents, Ole Miss, Georgia, Alabama, are also in the Top 10. LSU, which Auburn beat 41-7 in the fifth game of the season, moved back in the Top 25, at No. 24.

While Auburn rested, South Carolina tuned up for its trip to Jordan-Hare by beating Furman 41-10.

"I told our guys to enjoy it, and we'll start getting ready for Auburn on Monday," South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said in his post-game comments.

South Carolina running back Mike Davis said: "It is a big opportunity to go to an environment like Auburn. I think we have a big chance against anybody. Anybody you put against us, we don't doubt ourselves."

Auburn players took Saturday off. They'll be back for a late Sunday afternoon practice.

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



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